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Green Buildings & Green Sites – March 15

Join the Engineers Club of St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Speakers Bureau Volunteers for

Growing Green Buildings & Sites

A half-day how to improve building and site performance, featuring Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill and Lois Sechrist from the USGBC-MO Gateway Speakers Bureau; Jason Peterein from MSD and Steven Ibendahl from the Heartlands Conservancy.

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 am – noon

WHERE: The Engineering Center at 4359 Lindell Blvd. (63108)

COST: $50 for Engineers Club or USGBC members; $75 for non-members.

RSVP: Contact Kurt Krispin at kurt.krispin@engineersclub.net Or call 314.533.9333

For more information, download the event flyer.




Crossroads College Prep Pursues LEED Platinum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Crossroads College Prep’s new Science Wing. I’ll tell you what, those kids are lucky to attend school in such a lovely space. Skylights and tall windows grace the addition – I’m pretty sure these students may even enjoy going to school!

I was lucky enough to attend both grade school and high school in buildings with significant daylighting and views to the outside since old and historic buildings often provide both. My classrooms, however, were so hot in January that we had to crack the windows. Probably not the most energy efficient solution! And indoor air quality and green cleaning products were not on too many radar screens.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroad's new science wing explaining LEED.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroads

Since students were involved in the planning of the new space, it includes a lot of great “hanging out” space. The new Library features lots of comfy seating as well as tall windows that reduce glare and have high insulating value. The labs are not only state of the art, roomy and open, but also feature solar hot water heating. And the garden outside does double duty – it looks beautiful, featuring plants native to Missouri and helps reduce stormwater run off.

The open house featured remarks from school officials, parents and students and it is quite clear from the remarks and from the conversations at the open house that everyone is very proud of the new space!

Learn more about Crossroads College Prep’s green efforts. And get a peek of the space for yourself at our No Cost Ways to Green Your Schools program on October 28!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director




New LEED certified projects in St. Louis!

USGBC-STL recently awarded a LEED plaque to Enterprise Holdings for their LEED Certified Contact Center (see photo below). Accepting the plaque on behalf Enterprise Holdings were Cindy Oberkirsch, General Contact Center Manager and Ken Kreh, Vice President. As you can see from the photo a number of the project team members also joined us.

Pictured from left to right: L-R  Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

Pictured from left to right: L-R Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

This is when I take great pleasure from my job as the Chapter Executive Director. After months and months (and sometimes years) of working on a project, the reward of official recognition from the USGBC with a LEED plaque and certificate bring smiles to most faces. The Chapter is always honored and excited to be involved in LEED plaque presentations!

Congratulations to Enterprise Holdings for the LEED certification of their second building! The 66,000 square foot building houses Enterprise’s St. Louis Contact Center, which processes reservations and roadside assistance calls from customers. Among other green features, the building has water-efficient faucets, low-flush toilets and HVAC systems that minimize energy consumption. Employee health and wellness was important to the project. White noise eliminates excess noise and makes taking calls easier; a walking track around the perimeter of the building encourages physical activity and indoor air quality is monitored.

Other projects that recently achieved LEED certification include:

Cannon Design Powerhouse – GOLD. Check out Cannon Design’s new headquarters on our annual LEED Building Tour on September 9.

Commerce Bank O’Fallon Branch – CERTIFIED. Commerce Bank participated in USGBC’S LEED for New Construction Retail Pilot, an exciting effort to provide real market feedback on how to apply LEED to retail spaces. The O’Fallon, MO branch features clerestory windows to help reduce or eliminate electrical lighting during the day; energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; ENERGY STAR appliances; an ENERGY STAR white roof coating to reduce heat gain in the building and Forest Stewardship Council wood products in built-in wood cabinetry, wood paneling and trim work

Midwest Testing – SILVER. Midwest Testing, located next door to Alberici’s LEED Platinum Headquarters, is a two-story, 25,000-square-foot facility with 14,000 square feet of office space and 11,000 square feet of lab and support facilities. The building features mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems designed to reduce energy costs by 30%; a reflective white roof; a 5,000 gallon cistern to collect rainwater and significantly offset potable water used for landscaping; and a crushed concrete aggregate pavement for the storage yard that not only includes recycled content, but will also reduce the heat island effect and reduce stormwater runoff by being permeable.

Gateway Commercial – 8610 Page – GOLD (Core & Shell)

Washington University – Seigle Hall – CERTIFIED

The Chapter is currently collecting information and statistics on all the LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area in order to post project profiles for each project. Additionally, the LEED page of the website will soon feature a map of all LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director