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Long-time member honored for his contributions to members and the industry

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) gave its Lifetime Service Award to Rich Janis. The honor was presented during the chapter’s annual holiday celebration in early December. Janis recently announced his retirement.

Janis has played an active role in IFMA St. Louis for 28 years. His dedication to the facility management organization included tenure on its program and education committee for nearly two decades. During that time, he presented more than 25 educational programs to IFMA St. Louis members. Additionally, he served on its board of directors for six years.

“Rich’s constant focus was to share his knowledge and expertise while presenting quality educational programs to the professional facility managers,” said Jennifer Johnston, president of IFMA St. Louis, when presenting the award.

A registered professional engineer and architect, Janis spent more than 40 years in consulting. A LEED accredited professional (Building Design + Construction), he has been involved in research, evaluation, and design of building environmental systems and sustainable energy technology.

Janis has served on the board of the United States Green Building Council's regional chapter. He was the engineer-of-record and LEED AP for numerous LEED-certified buildings including the first LEED Gold data center in the St. Louis area. Janis has also taught building technology and sustainable design courses in the Schools of Engineering and of Architecture at Washington University.

Janis earned master's degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture from Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now called the Missouri University of Science & Technology.