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LEED Building Tour: Cannon Design Power House

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This year’s LEED Building Tour will feature Cannon Design’s Saint Louis offices in the historic Power House building. An original part of the Municipal Service Building complex, the 1928 Power House provided coal-fired steam heat to a dozen downtown buildings until the 1980s. After standing vacant for nearly 30 years, Cannon Design purchased the building and renovated it into their newly certified LEED Gold offices.

The building boasts numerous green features, including:

  • Brownfield redevelopment of an historic building
  • 40% Regional Materials
  • 92% Construction Waste recycled
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • 28% Energy Savings over ASHRAE standards
  • 30% Recycled Content

. . . All while meeting historic preservation criteria!

Where:  1100 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63102
Corner of 11th and Clark, with entrance on Clark Ave side.



Parking:  There is no on-site parking, but garages and lots are adjacent.  Biking and using the MetroLink are encouraged (Located between Civic Center and Stadium Metrolink stops).

Fee: Free to USGBC-STL members and students; $20.00 for Non-members

RSVP:  Go to Eventbrite

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Cannon Design
R.G. Ross Construction

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Now that our new St. Louis Chapter website is up and running, I thought it would be a good idea to post some helpful LEED exam preparation tips to our new blog. Having just recently passed my LEED AP exam for New Construction v2.2 in November 2008, I understand how much time and mental energy it takes to prepare for this exam. Let’s be honest…preparing for and taking the LEED exam is not cheap. In this dreadful economy, this is reason enough to take the exam once and pass! In addition to the monetary factors, significant time constraints such as work, school, family and social lives can make exam preparation even more difficult and stressful. This blog entry is not geared toward technical information about the LEED exam. Rather, I offer some (hopefully) helpful hints that I used to successfully prepare, reduce stress, optimize time, and successfully pass the exam.

In no particular order of importance, here are some helpful tips to consider:

1) If time allows, read the entire reference guide cover to cover. Yes, parts of it can be somewhat mundane, but you will pick up critical information by doing this. If it helps you, mark a series of date-based milestones in the reference guide to establish reading goals.