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Summer Social Puts St. Louis First In Facility Management


First in shoes. First in booze. And last in the American League. That description of St. Louis harkens back many years, and only the middle moniker somewhat applies. OK, we are adding first in facility management to the description, too.

Nearly 100 members and guests got a first-hand look at the city’s ties to beer on June 21 when they gathered to celebrate National FM Day at the organization’s annual summer social event. The private party was held at The Corner Gates in the Cherokee District. The venue is located in the historic Lemp Brewery Complex, which was once the king of beers before that other brewery knocked it off its throne and labeled one of its beers the king.

Dating back to the 19th century, the space once served as the Lemp Brewery stables, holding the beer wagons and horses that delivered Lemp beer around St. Louis. Now, the renovated space connects the past with the present, maintaining its historic charm while our group marveled at its 13-foot tall chandelier, custom-made iron gates and rich décor.

We also mingled on the patio and enjoyed the comfort inside while sipping on beverages, noshing on some great food and sharing time with colleagues and friends, many of whom may become future members.

The evening also celebrated our chapter’s mission and direction by honoring this year’s award winners, installing the 2017-18 slate of officers and offering help by presenting a check to Cool Down St. Louis.

Honoring Achievements

As part of the FM celebration, two members and a facility received accolades. The awards underscore the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Honorees were:

Achievement in Facility Management Award: Tauquincy Neal, Facilities manager for the St. Charles City/County Library District

Tauquincy joined our chapter in September 2015. She jumped right in and hasn’t stopped since.

In early 2016, she began her journey to earn her Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. After completing this, she immediately moved on to the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) course. And Tauquincy successfully completed the curriculum to earn her SFP credential in early January. How many professionals can you name that earned both FMP and SFP credentials in just one year!

Neal started with the St. Charles City-County Library District in August 2015, as its first facility manager. She manages the day-to-day maintenance of all buildings and grounds, projects, and all contractors and vendors, as well as its delivery and supply operations. The library district comprises 12 branches in St. Charles City and County. She also is responsible for its administrative office.  

Distinguished Member Award: Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Mechanical Contractors

Jeff embodies the principle of service. When he joined our chapter five years ago, he made a commitment to get involved and engage with our members.

He has played many roles, serving as education, membership and program chair. As anyone knows, all of these positions require leadership and commitment. Jeff has never wavered in showing enthusiasm, dedication and leadership in every aspect of these volunteer positions. His service continues as he joins the board as our chapter’s treasurer so we are quite fortunate to have Jeff as a valuable member of our team.

Facility of the Year: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

St. Louis may no longer be first in shoes but it has made a mark in the bioscience field. A big part of this can be attributed to the Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion (DDPSC). The facility enables world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy and sustainable agriculture with lab, office, conference and community space for 100 new scientists.

Design plays a large role in attracting and retaining such talent. Its innovative features include Human Factor Design and Environmental Stewardship.

The DDPSC Expansion provides flexible, efficient and transparent research space. Large, highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” share support lab facilities and are directly connected to write-up space. Ground floor labs are highly transparent, putting science on display.

Visual connectivity between the open labs and write-up areas and at enclosed offices and conference rooms is maximized with glass partitions. Shared support facilities and open labs increase interaction, and the atrium accommodates informal teaming activity and chance meetings around coffee and food.

A new atrium acts as a social center to the whole community and brings together researchers from both the new and existing labs for meals, coffee and informal meetings.

Additionally, the project targets LEED Gold certification. Environmental strategies include run-around coil heat recovery loop, smart lab exhaust, indigenous prairie and landscaping, green roofs, daylighting and a high-performance envelope with integrated solar shading.

The design transformed the landscape to be more indigenous, while building volumes are configured to interweave this landscape with the spaces inside.

Our members will get an even closer look at this spectacular facility when we hold our Aug. 9 monthly program at the center.

Welcome Your New Leaders

The chapter also announced officers elected to its Board of Directors. Their terms run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

  • President, Jennifer Johnston, Murphy Co.
  • Vice President, Jacque Mattingly, Monsanto
  • Treasurer, Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Contracting
  • Secretary, Scott Held, Ameren Corp.
  • Immediate Past President, Nancy Cripe, GRS Auction Services

The following members have graciously accepted to chair our committees:

  • Sustainability Liaison, Chris Laughman, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Membership, Gary Wood, Stryker Construction
  • Marketing, Sean Gallagher, Bolyu
  • Education, Michael Wright, Ameren Corp.
  • Programs, Craig Miller, Webster University
  • Sponsorship, Karl Gnau, Veritiv
  • Advocacy Liaison, James Delgado, Cozad Commercial Real Estate
  • Golf Classic, Michelle Hoff, Vogel Heating & Cooling
  • Special Events, Kristie Gabel, Elite Cuisine

Providing Help

Everyone knows that St. Louis’ summers can be brutal. Once again, our chapter recognized the need to help so many less fortunate battle our hot, humid summers by donating $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children. Nancy Cripe, outgoing chapter president, presented the check to Lance LeComb, a board member, who represented Cool Down St. Louis.

What a great way to celebrate National FM Day and position St. Louis as first in facility management.


Members Find Prime Time At Industry Expo

A large contingent of IFMA members joined several hundred facility and property managers, maintenance technicians, building owners and suppliers at the 12th Annual Industry Expo. Held on May 10 at the St. Charles Convention Center, our members certainly found plenty to tune into during the “Prime Time” expo.

Jointly sponsored by the St. Louis chapters of IFMA, BOMA (Building Owners Management Association) and IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), the annual gathering gave members some show stoppers.

The prime time opened with a luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Buddy Rice. A customer service guru, Rice has designed, developed and delivered customer service, management and leadership development programs for more than 30 years! And he didn’t disappoint, with a succinct, fast-paced, practical customer service production. More than 200 attendees were engaged, involved and laughing at Rice’s prime time performance. Better yet, they took home ideas to apply in their workplaces.

Afterwards, the exhibit hall opened for more prime time shows. Some 80 exhibitors, half of them IFMA members, showcased products and services for buildings. Besides learning more about the latest and greatest, attendees were rewarded for visiting booths with prizes such as Kindle Fires, IPads, Cardinals’ tickets and more.

The day also provided prime time for networking with a Happy Hour. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres kept the crowd tuned in after spending a few hours on the exhibit floor.

A special thanks to the planning committee and all our volunteers. And we appreciate our prime-time sponsors:

  • Corporate: Woodard
  • Event: Buildingstars Commercial Cleaning, Diversified Contractors, RSS Roofing Services & Solutions, Upbeat Site Furnishings and Voss Lighting
  • Photography: BSR Services
  • Show Bag: Whelan Security
  • Happy Hour: ServPro


Mayor Slay Signs Ordinance to Help Large Building Owners Reduce Energy Bills, Produce Cleaner Air, and Generate Jobs

Mayor Slay Signs Ordinance to Help Large Building Owners Reduce Energy Bills, Produce Cleaner Air, and Generate Jobs

St. Louis Joins National City Energy Project 

ST. LOUIS -- The City of St. Louis is home to some of the most architecturally-stunning buildings in the country, but many of these grandiose structures are also the greatest energy users. 

To address that problem, Mayor Francis Slay has signed legislation making the City of St. Louis the latest U.S. city to require annual benchmarking and transparency. 

The Building Energy Awareness bill, sponsored by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, applies to existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings 50,000 square feet or larger. There are approximately 900 such buildings throughout the City. Participating buildings will be phased in, starting with municipally-owned buildings this year, and expanding to include large commercial and multifamily residential buildings in 2018. 

"Benchmarking" helps raise awareness of how much energy and water a building is using. By examining a building’s performance over time -- and in sharing this data with the City and utilities -- building owners can better understand how their properties use energy and track return on investment when it comes to reducing usage and cutting energy costs. 

The goal of this tracking and information sharing by large-building owners is to encourage owners to implement energy-efficiency measures that will improve building performance, which also is a key component of the City’s overall climate protection initiative. 

"In order for the City of St. Louis to be a sustainability leader and meet citywide climate protection targets, our building owners must aggressively pursue energy efficiency," Mayor Slay said. "To ensure affordable financing is available for these projects, the City has developed an excellent tool to implement energy conservation measures: Set The PACE St. Louis. This new benchmarking ordinance will bring to light the information building owners need to make high-performance buildings in an economically-beneficial manner." 

The City of St. Louis was recently selected as a recipient of a national grant focused on energy efficiency in large buildings. The technical support and funding from the City Energy Project will allow the City to have the support of a new technical energy advisor, who will be able to assist building owners with the benchmarking efforts, as well as connect building owners to tools to save energy and money. The contracted position will be housed in the City’s Building Division. Applications will be accepted until March 24, 2017. 

The City Energy Project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, aims to enable $1.5 billion in annual energy savings nationwide by 2030. That translates to the equivalent of taking 1.4 million cars off the road. 

"St. Louis is emerging as a leader in energy efficiency," said Christina Angelides, co-director of the City Energy Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "The City has taken an important step to increase transparency and help drive energy efficiency activity in its largest buildings. By 2025, the ordinance is expected to save almost $8 million a year in energy costs for local businesses and residents, and reduce 15,000 cars-worth of greenhouse gas pollution." 

Some building owners already have begun to realize the benefits of benchmarking. For example, Anthem -- a 9-story, 424,000 square-foot office building Downtown -- realized $350,000 in annual energy savings after adjusting operations and taking advantage of energy efficiency investments. Also Downtown, the Missouri Athletic Club used the results of benchmarking to seek retrofits to its building, resulting in operational savings of $362,000 a year. 

"By targeting large existing commercial buildings to benchmark their energy usage, we anticipate a win-win outcome, as buildings that implement energy efficiency measures will save on their utility costs, reduce GHG emissions, and likely create green jobs in the process," Catherine Werner, Sustainability Director, said. "According to the City's 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, approximately 77 percent of citywide greenhouse gas emissions are from existing buildings. The vast majority of those are commercial buildings in the private sector." 

"Buildings remain the largest energy users in America, and a significant amount of that energy is wasted by inefficient operations, said Julie Hughes, co-director of the City Energy Project and Building Performance Policy Director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). "The St. Louis benchmarking ordinance will bring transparency to the marketplace and give building owners, tenants, and investors the actionable information they need to cut waste and save money." 

"This city knows that tackling climate pollution from its largest source not only means public health and environmental benefits, but economic benefits as well. The St. Louis benchmarking legislation will help building owners reduce their operational costs and combat health-harming pollution, all while contributing to the City’s economy," said Emily Andrews, Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council -- Missouri Gateway Chapter, who will assist the City with implementing the City Energy Project award and benchmarking ordinance. 

Building owners will have more than a year to comply with the benchmarking reporting requirements. 

About the City Energy Project: 

The City Energy Project is a national initiative from the Institute for Market Transformation and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Working in partnership, the Project and the 20 participating cities will support innovative and practical solutions that boost local economies, reduce pollution, and create healthier environments. The project is funded by a partnership of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit

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Building Energy Awareness - City Ordinance

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Chapter Introduces Member Written Blog

In an effort to improve communication and member involvement, the marketing committee is organizing a member written blog. This is open to both vendors and professional members to write a timely and scholarly blog post that could benefit others. Additionally, we will utilize social media to assist with announcing program highlights, link to the blog/website, post educational content, and provide a platform for members to collaborate on current topics.

If you would like to participate by submitting a blog post between now and the end of the year, please send an email to Chris Darnell at with your blog topic and estimated time frame that you would like it to be posted. We are looking to post 1 a week and will be submitted to the blog.

We would also like to invite everyone to link to our social media profiles in order to improve networking to prospective new members. Click on the Icon below!




Thank you in advance for participating in growing our educational collaboration and initiative to grow our organization!