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Sneak Peek at the Arch Grounds

Less than three months away from its grand opening, some 50 members and guests got a grand tour of the extensive renovations that have transformed the newly named Gateway Arch National Park and surrounding areas. The walking tour on March 14 gave members an up-close look at the $380 million effort to connect the Arch grounds, riverfront and downtown.

The vision to transform the Arch grounds, downtown and riverfront began in earnest in the summer of 2014. Additions include 11 acres of parkland, 5.4 miles of pedestrian paths, a grassy amphitheater and shaded lawns. The land bridge connects the adjacent Old Courthouse to the arch and the riverfront in one continuous greenway. The renovated grounds allowed visitors to walk from the Luther Ely Square to the Arch and riverfront on one continuous greenway, without encountering a single curb or stair.

And new entrances to the iconic Arch and totally renovated museum and visitor center are nearing completion.

Special thanks to Victoria Dugan with the Park Service for her assistance with event coordination. We also appreciate the support of McCarthy Building Companies, our event sponsor and one of the leading contractors on this massive project.


Selling Green to Top Management

Every facility manager understands the importance of sustainability and adding more green to the workplace. But the other side of green, as in dollars, needs to be explained to those who pay the bills. Some 60 members and guests learned more on how to do that at our program on Feb. 21.

Who better to explain it than Rich Janis. His background as an engineer, architect and LEED AP has given him a front row seat in the green movement as a practitioner and advocate in explaining its costs and benefits to upper management. In fact, he has taught a graduate course on Sustainable Building Systems to Washington University students for more than 10 years.

A member of our chapter for more than 25 years, Rich has made several presentations to members and never fails to enlighten his audience. He defined “green” for commercial real estate facilities. He also provided direction on how to identify the costs and benefits of going green so senior management buys into its value. We can’t thank Rich enough for always sharing his experience and expertise.

Our chapter also appreciates the service of another long-time member, George Morche. The program was held at the newly renovated Maryland Heights Community Center where George oversees the buildings and grounds.


IFMA Executive Outlines Activities, Industry Direction

Members receive information and benefits from our chapter. After all, why be a member. But you may wonder what more is available from the umbrella organization, the internal association that serves 134 chapters worldwide. Well, John Perry, chief operating officer of IFMA, visited St. Louis to discuss the organization’s current and future initiatives. He also presented information on the future of facility management.

More than 60 members attended Mr. Perry’s presentation on Nov. 15. He outlined a variety of activities, including focusing on educational opportunities, national and international conferences, research, and resources available through the international organization. The Web site also offers a wealth of information to update and guide members as they move forward in their careers, Perry said.

Founded in 1980 and based in Houston, TX, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. Our chapter began in 1985 after Ken Klousek and Sylvia Efken attended a conference hosted by the Facilities Management Institute (FMI) at Herman Miller in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

So much has changed since our chapter’s humble beginnings. Our participation and membership in the international organization allow our members to do more than change with the times. It’s an invaluable way to stay at the forefront of facility management and access the right tools and resources to advance your professional goals.

We thank Mr. Perry for his informative presentation and for addressing questions from our members. We also appreciate Maritz for hosting the event at its headquarters. Once again, Elite Cuisine graciously served guests with food and beverages as our hospitality sponsor.


 In case you missed the program, here is John’s presentation.


New Member Spotlight

Keri Kozeny, R. F. Meeh Company -

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. I grew up in South County, and attended school up through college in St. Louis. After working in the medical field for several years I took an opportunity to start a career in Construction Sales in 2005 and have never looked back. I have three children and two very spoiled lab fur babies. My husband Michael is also in the construction industry.

What is your current work position?

I am the Director of Business Development for R.F. Meeh Company. The Meeh family of companies include a Mechanical, Sheet Metal and HVAC contractor, a Green Energy Solutions provider in the water treatment industry, a contract maintenance services company and a distributer and installer of Toilet Partitions, Toilet Accessories and Lockers.

Why did you want to join IFMA?

I want to grow my customer base in the facility management area. I look forward to meeting and networking with people and I have joined a committee with hopes to become more familiar with everything that IFMA has to offer.


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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!