Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced the start of a three-phased plan to renovate the Kopolow Building and its facilities at 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Initial funding has generously been provided by a lead gift from an anonymous donor and additional significant funding from the Staenberg Family Foundation. Renovations for Phase 1 include improving security, access and infrastructure for the 35 year-old facility, and include:
- New elevator that extends through all three floors of the building including the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC) addition
- ADA compliant bathrooms on the main and upper floors
- Addition of a family restroom on the main floor
- Front access redesign to improve security and accessibility
- Modernized communal meeting space
Jewish Federation of St. Louis is indebted to the Kopolow family and other generous funders who made our facilities possible in 1981. Since that time, the HMLC was added as an additional facility. Once completed, the Federation Complex—including the current Kopolow building and the HMLC structure—will be renamed. All former donors, including the Kopolow family, will be permanently recognized in the new Federation Complex; the foundation they laid will continue to be a critical site for our community in the decades to come.
Renovations are scheduled to begin in May 2017. Through these improvements, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis hopes to create a more welcoming facility that promotes engagement within the Jewish community and serve our entire region.
Additionally, funds from the anonymous donation will allow the HMLC to plan a significant renovation for its critically important and now 21-year old museum. The changes will allow the HMLC to remain a relevant educational resource for over 30,000 visitors each year. More information on these plans will be coming in the months ahead.