Green Building Slam

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We’re shaking things up a bit for our annual green building showcase. This year’s event will feature several fast paced presentations with an eye on redevelopment and equity. Join us to get the sustainability scoop on these exciting projects within our community!

North Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square North Development Aerial - low resThis 12 acre project develops long vacant former industrial and commercial property at the corner of Chouteau and Jefferson Avenue in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. It is planned as a mixed use development of apartments for a variety of residents and incomes, townhouses, retail, office and a hotel.  The site has significant challenges including a large underground sewer that can’t be touched or built over, extensive foundations from previous industrial construction and issues with the soil. Significant storm water concerns also exist on the site. The project is a LEED New Communities project and will also pursue the new FitWell rating system.

2755 Chippewa

170727_2755 Chippewa_SW Corner RenderingA mix of newly renovated commercial and rent-capped residential spaces are coming soon to a once notorious and crumbling brick shell at Chippewa and California in South St. Louis’ Gravois Park neighborhood. Helping reverse decades of neighborhood decline, the project continues a budding renaissance along Chippewa corridor four blocks south of the now thriving Cherokee Street commercial strip.  Four of the seven residential units will be rent restricted and reserved for households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the average median income for the area and a 2-bedroom unit on the first floor will be accessible. The Energy Star targeted development will have high-efficiency mechanical systems and appliances. Building envelope energy upgrades include newly insulated exterior walls, insulated slab on grade first-floor, high-albedo white TPO roof with exterior insulation and all new double-pane windows and doors. Each apartment will be individually tested with a blower door to verify Energy Star air-sealing requirements are achieved. The project is also pursuing state and federal historic tax credits, proving that with careful planning, energy retrofits and historic preservation can coexist.

La Saison Affordable Housing Development

Habitat La SaisonHabitat for Humanity Saint Louis was selected by the St. Louis Housing Authority as the builder of choice for the final 10 lots of the La Saison development (Peabody Darst Webbe) neighborhood. Five homes (Phase I), two of which will be built to universal design standards, and all to be built to net-zero ready energy efficiency standards, will be completed by the end of 2019. These new homes will have three-to-four bedrooms, two baths and will be two-story buildings.

Finest 15

The Finest 15, a partnership between the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) and SLACO vacancy committee, highlights and markets LRA properties in different neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis, encouraging renovation and home-ownership. Within each of several neighborhoods, including Walnut Park, Fairground, and Hyde Park, 15 homes in need of minimal renovation and repair are selected and offered for sale for $4,000 or less. Neighborhood workshops support the initiative by educating potential home owners on topics such as how to purchase LRA properties, financing options and renovation costs.


Bill Odell is an architect and longtime Principal at HOK Architects. He is also a long time resident of the Lafayette Square neighborhood. In the early 1990s, he helped develop the US Green Building Council. He also helped write the first two version of the LEED Building Rating System.

Jason Deem is the owner of South Side Spaces, a development company specializing in historic renovations in South St. Louis, the founder of Nebula, the first coworking space in St. Louis, and board member of the Cherokee Station Business Association and the National Building Arts Center.

Jessica Deem is a licensed architect and owner of Virescent, a design firm specializing in sustainably-minded historic renovations and contemporary new construction. Jessica is a native St. Louisan and city dweller. Prior to moving back to St. Louis, Jessica worked as a sustainable building consultant in Zürich, Switzerland where she secured the certification for the first LEED Platinum building in Switzerland.

Kyle Hunsberger is Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. In this role, Kyle oversees all aspects of construction of new homes or rehabs, including home design/planning, cost estimation, acquiring permits, subcontractor partnerships, and procurement and storage of construction materials.

Eltoreon Hawkins is Co-Chair and Founder of the Finest 15 and owner of Hawks Home Solutions which was created to improve the lives of citizens in the greater St Louis City area by helping our neighbors rebuild one of the greatest cities in U.S through low cost renovations of their homes. Eltorean has served in volunteer and leadership roles across a wide variety community building organizations and initiatives, including SLACO Vacancy Committee, Vacancy Advisory Committee, and Walnut Park West Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration and Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation and Q&A

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

Cushman & Wakefield

DJM Ecological Services, Inc.

This program is also supported in part by the
St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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