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Upcoming Training Seminars - City of St. Louis Building Energy Awareness Ordinance -

For IFMA Members -

Please note:  There are 3 important training dates below.  Registration links will bring you right to the USGBC web site. 

City of St. Louis Building Energy Awareness Ordinance - 

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division. Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners are co-hosting three opportunities to learn how to comply.

The events are free to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Please Note - Registration and detailed information for each program is available at:


You can also link directly to event registration for each event:


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.


The Science Behind Plant Center

What’s in a building? Well, some 75 IFMA members and their guests heard and saw first-hand how a building can transform the work environment.

That was the focus of the Aug. 9 presentation on and tour of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Laurel Harrington, Ryan Kopp and Emily Wray, architects with Christner Inc., and Jeff Smith, client executive with IMEG, discussed how the design of the landscaping, buildings and labs shape and transform the work environment at the bioscience and agricultural research center.

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. The center’s expansion recently earned the chapter’s Facility of the Year Award. The expansion further enables world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy and sustainable agriculture with lab, office, conference and community space for 100 new scientists.

The facility’s innovative features include Human Factor Design and Environmental Stewardship.

During the presentation and tour, attendees learned more and saw how it provides flexible, efficient and transparent research space. The expansion includes large, highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” that share support lab facilities and are directly connected to write-up space. Ground floor labs put 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. 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.

Special thanks to David Kehm of Christner for coordinating the program and to his company for sponsoring the evening. We also appreciate the hospitality provided by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, for a spectacular tour of this impressive facility.



Dealing with Water Damage

A pipe bursts. The sprinkler system drenched the office. A sewer backup left water everywhere. Yikes! Time to get to work to restore your facility not just now but for many days ahead.

More than 40 members and guests received some sage advice in not only understanding the effects of water damage but also the proper techniques for effectively recovering from any short- and long-term issues. During the program held on Wednesday, July 19, experts provided insights on Water Damage: Mitigating the Loss to Avoid the “M” Word.

Robert Winton with Woodard and Greg Chambliss with PSI outlined the categories of water damage – clean, gray, black – and the necessary steps to extract the water. Most importantly, Winton and Chambliss looked at the steps necessary to assess and remediate any problems with mold and environmental issues.

While we hope you never have to deal with such problems, many thanks to Winton and Chambliss for giving the necessary information to handle such a disaster. We also give a big thank you to Woodard for its hospitality in hosting the program.


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!