DEVELOP | DESIGN | BUILD

UIC is a design-focused integrated practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, real estate development, general contracting, and carpentry.

Whether it is a mixed-use commercial project, a small renovation, your dream home, a creative office, or even an indoor climbing gym inside a former power plant, we strive to find the most innovative solution with the highest value for our clients. One of the ways we do this is by focusing on particular market segments through our family of brands, each of which have a distinct character and mission in their support of the flagship UIC brand that remains devoted to Development and Design-Build services.

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UIC Proposes Custom Residential Infill in The Grove


UIC, the design-build company best known for its transformation of the Botanical Heights, continues to build outside that original footprint.... Read more »

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Tech company Sherpa plans for growth in new St. Louis headquarters


A local tech company that has developed a platform to match people with senior housing communities has completed a new... Read more »

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UIC Embarks on Final Stage of Redevelopment for Botanical Heights Neighborhood


Botanical Heights has been the home base of UIC (Urban Improvement Company) since 2006, when we moved our office into... Read more »

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UIC to Develop Liggett-Myers Tobacco Building as new HQ, Shared Workspace


UIC is on the move… literally! We’re excited to announce our new development of the Liggett-Myers Tobacco building as our... Read more »

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UIC Reveals Plans for Contemporary Homes at Ballas and Ladue


Plans by UIC call for two significant contemporary homes at New Ballas and Ladue Roads, just east of I-270. The... Read more »

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Now Hiring: Project Manager


Job Description Responsible for all construction and financial aspects of multiple projects including budgets, contracts, supervising personnel on the project. ... Read more »

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Now Hiring: Construction Superintendent


Job Description Coordinates job site construction activities and supervises field personnel as required to successfully complete the project on schedule... Read more »

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Inspired By: My Grandfather


My Grandpa Ralph passed away last year after a long and full life with good health into his 90’s. I... Read more »

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Inspired By: The Passive House in the Woods


  Back in 2010, when UIC was starting the Botanical Grove development, I spent a considerable amount of time researching... Read more »

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Inspired By: Tiny Houses


  This month at UIC, we decided to take on the task of building a tiny mobile house #tinyhouse (it’s... Read more »

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Inspired By: Ivan Leonidov


  One of my favorite architects is someone most Americans have never heard of. The great Russian Avant Garde architect... Read more »

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Inspired By: Master Plan by West 8


  As a firm, we have had the good fortune to travel extensively, and meet and work with some exceptional... Read more »

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Our ambition for UIC has always been to be a truly proactive force for creating and improving great city neighborhoods. After all, UIC stands for Urban Improvement Company. UIC Development Services is where we put our ambitions and designs to work to make great urban environments. Appealing, walkable neighborhoods take a lot to pull off. They start with attractive housing and civic institutions such as schools and community centers. From there, restaurants, retail locations and other attractions are pieces that add value to the area. This holistic approach to development efforts is what makes a neighborhood a community.

Our roots are in architecture and design and it informs everything we do. Co-founders and Principals Brent Crittenden and Sarah Gibson both entered the building profession as architects, and worked with some of the most talented and highly recognized designers in the world. In our design studio we continually strive to create exceptional design with a focus on implementation and the long term life of the buildings we create. We are neither pie in the sky idealists, nor stuck in the mud pragmatists, but instead seek to find beautiful solutions to challenging projects that will create joy for our clients for many years to come.

At UIC, we excel at bringing order to the otherwise complex building process. Collaboration and communication are the cornerstones of our approach to construction. We begin from a perspective of an integrated practice and believe that an open and collaborative approach to the building process leads to better results and fosters the type of long term relationships we seek with our clients and partners. UIC works in a variety of project delivery methods, including as a general contractor or construction manager where a design has been completed and drawings are ready to be bid, better known as design-bid-build. We are always looking for opportunities to consult on or compete for residential and commercial projects.

Our passion is bringing our diverse expertise and intelligence to everything we do to create exceptional results regardless of scale or project type. One of our favorite moments is when a client reveals to us that we not only exceeded their expectations, but did what others had told them they could not do. As we look forward with optimism and ambition we are eager to forge new relationships, enter new markets and continue to be a proactive part of our client’s success and the success of the communities we work in.

Integrated Practice

UIC offers our development, design-build, and general contracting services as a part of our integrated project delivery method, where we are able to offer turnkey develop-design-build services to our clients. If you have an expanding business or institution and don’t know where to start to solve your facility needs, please begin with a conversation with us.