Commerce Bank | Natural Bridge Renovation

Commerce Bank recently celebrated the ongoing transformations to its St. Louis-area branches with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Natural Bridge branch renovation. Located at 4402 Natural Bridge, this combined renovation and addition is one of the bank’s first local efforts to minimize its footprint while strengthening its presence in a geographic location that is otherwise underserved. 

Looking to consolidate its branch locations to a smaller footprint, Commerce Bank turned to V Three Studios to design a branch that could offer up all the bank’s capabilities from a 2,000-square-foot space. Working with the existing 1,200-square-foot space, V3 helped breathe new life into the very small and complex project by updating interior finishes and incorporating tech-enabled consulting rooms that offer video networking capabilities. This brings all the services Commerce Bank has to offer into a single location by allowing the Natural Bridge branch to access additional expertise offered at other branch and office locations.  Picking up on the architectural cues of the existing building, V3 was able to design exterior additions that maintain the integrity of the building’s original aesthetic. The new wings allow interior spaces to be appropriately scaled and provide a more holistic customer experience. With the successful opening of the Natural Bridge branch, Commerce Bank has shown its commitment to reinvesting in the St. Louis City area. 
 

Big River Running Company

Big River Running Company, St. Louis’ premier running and shoe apparel company, will soon break ground on a new, 5,000-square-foot retail store in St. Louis’ Town & Country. With a goal of creating a more sophisticated shopping experience, Big River Running turned to V Three Studios and Studio Strelow to help bring the pilot project concept to life. 

The modern design of the store’s interior has several features, including floating waved Corian shoe display walls, a large built-in video display wall for a variety of content, and a custom ceiling feature that is inspired by rivers that have shaped the city of St. Louis. The completion of this store is planned for mid-summer and hopes to expand the new brand and shopping experience. 

KTNN 660 AM - The Voice of the Navajo Nation

KTNN 660 AM radio in St. Michaels, Arizona, has proudly served as “The Voice of the Navajo Nation” for over 30 years. Broadcasting from St. Michaels, Arizona, KTNN’s digital capabilities reaches listeners beyond reservation lines, providing Navajo people across the country, and even overseas, with a connection to home. Looking to upgrade its facility and technological capabilities, KTNN experienced a series of unsuccessful starts to designing and building a new broadcast studio before turning to V Three Studios for a solution. 

The design of the 9,000-square-foot facility maintains the integrity of the tribe’s traditional culture, yet reflects modern elements that are critical to the station’s purpose of educating, informing and entertaining the Navajo people, many of whom rely on the station as the only source of news and entertainment. The interior features eight studios supporting AM/FM radio and digital broadcast. Glass is incorporated throughout the media center in order to create an open space and direct interface with its listeners. As a community-driven operation, user-friendly technology was installed in order for both older and newer generations of the tribe to be able to use it intuitively. Indigenous wood ceiling elements and textiles were selected by V Three and used in new and interesting ways to maintain visual connectivity to the Navajo culture. These final touches implement V Three’s response towards radio station facility design, establishing KTNN as a force in this dynamic age of media evolution.
 

Good Fortune: Update

Plans to launch the modern, fast-casual Asian dining concept is back on track as Good Fortune has secured a new home in the popular Botanical Heights neighborhood! V Three Studios will work with restaurateur Corey Smale to bring the concept of Good Fortune to life at its new address located at 1654 Tower Grove Avenue. V3 focused on a simple palette of modern lines and contemporary materials with walnut tables and accents. The main design feature will be the branding of Good Fortune in large-scale neon lights, which is a stark contrast from the simple architectural palette of the 1,310-square-foot space. 

New Addition to the Team

V Three Studios is proud to announce the recent hire of a new team member, Steve Burns. Steve’s background in environmental design and architecture will be a valuable addition to V Three’s portfolio. 

STEVE BURNS

Steve is a project manager with over fifteen years of experience. He is adept at the process of architectural design, code analysis, documentation, materials specification and construction administration. He has the ability to effectively communicate and work with building owners, engineers, building officials and contractors. Steve has served as a project architect and project manager for several project types of various scale, for both new construction and renovation.