In Memory of Brooks Critchfield

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Brooks Critchfield on January 15 after her battle with cancer. Brooks was a member of the Chapter for 8 years and a champion of sustainable design and construction. She oversaw the LEED process onsite for many projects, ensuring that the project team complied with green building requirements and guidelines. Since her passing, many Chapter members have shared their stories and expressed their respect for Brooks; the green building community will miss her leadership, expertise and great attitude.

Paul Todd Merrill, an active Chapter member, worked with Brooks on several projects. He said that “her drive, creativity and collaborative skills were instrumental in rallying design and construction team members on many complicated, budget sensitive projects.  We always appreciated having Brooks involved in our projects because she maintained attention to a project’s sustainable goals, offered constructive suggestions on detailed design decisions and was a watchdog for keeping us a responsible building partner.”

According to Jen Kissinger, also an active Chapter member who worked with Brooks, “She was extremely effective at making sure that the integrity of the LEED building process was respected and followed. She was a great teacher and example to all of us in the green building industry. Personally, Brooks was my mentor and role model of how to be a professional in this industry and be a great mother at the same time.”

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has made a donation to Forest Park Forever in Brooks’s memory, and our thoughts are with her family. An obituary is available online here.

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