Named for its original location at the Railway Exchange building, T-REX is a rapidly-growing business incubator and accelerator in the St. Louis region.
T-REX supports 80 emerging businesses, each of which is working on technology solutions for the new economy, in a highly collaborative, informal 18,000-square-foot space located in the historic Lammert Building in downtown St. Louis.
The 5th floor, a central space for the evolving incubator, serves as the convergence of people, place, and invention. BatesForum led the adaptive reuse of a sprawling floorplate, from conceptual design to construction administration, on a pro-bono basis. To meet the nonprofit’s budget constraints, the design emphasizes the creative, informal atmosphere of startup businesses. To reduce cost without compromising the design story, the new space incorporates reclaimed materials and donated fixtures, united by a shared palette of exposed wooden beams, massive metal doors and glass partitions. Organized as a series of nodes, T-REX includes a central social hub, an oval conference room with seamless technology (staffers have already affectionately dubbed it “the egg”), an event space with a full catering kitchen, a shared coffee bar, a series of meeting and project rooms, flexible workstations and offices for staff.
*Originally designed by Forum Studio