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July 2017 Print

New Member Spotlight

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 Elects Board

St. Louis, MO – July 1, 2017 – The St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) announced officers elected to its Board of Directors and members appointed to chair its committees. Their terms run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Elected to the board and their respective companies are:

  • 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

Members who are chairing the organization’s committees are:

  • 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
  • Sustainability Liaison, Chris Laughman, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Special Events, Kristie Gabel, Elite Cuisine

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Chapter News

St. Louis, MO – June 21, 2017 – Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members and the facility of the year. Held on Wednesday, June 21, at The Corner Gates in the historic former Lemp Brewery, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

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

After joining the chapter in September 2015, Neal began working on earning her professional designations. In early 2016, she completed her coursework to earn her Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. After completing this, she immediately moved on to the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) course, successfully earning this designation in early January 2017. Few industry professionals have earned both designations 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

Touchette embodies the principle of service. After joining the chapter five years ago, he made a commitment to get involved.

Touchette was recognized for his leadership and commitment to the organization. He has played many roles, serving as education, membership and program chair. His service continues as he joins the board as the chapter’s treasurer. His board term runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Facility of the Year: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion (DDPSC) continues to cement St. Louis’ position as a leader in biosciences. 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 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.

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 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.

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Chapter Supports Cool Down St Louis

St. Louis, MO – June 21, 2017 – The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association donated $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.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, the organization presented a check for $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis during IFMA St. Louis’ celebration of National FM Day on June 21. Nancy Cripe, outgoing chapter president of IFMA St. Louis, presented the check to Lance LeComb, a board member, who represented Cool Down St. Louis.

IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Heat Up St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents warm during the region’s winter months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past four years. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000.

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