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 SF 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. Lamar Johnson Collaborative led the adaptive reuse of a sprawling floorplate, from conceptual design to construction administration, on a pro-bono basis. The design emphasizes the creative, informal atmosphere of startup businesses. To reduce cost without compromising function, 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.