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Restoration Affiliates (RA) has announced its new officers for one-year terms, 2016-2017

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FengerPresident

Ras Fenger

Disaster One, Inc.

 

SucatoExecutive Vice President

Justin Sucato

Carrara Companies

 

McCutcheon Treasurer

Sean McCutcheon

Catastrophe Services, Inc.

 

Bogar Past President

Debbie Bogar

Woodard

 

RA is a national network of the leading, independent, full-service disaster restoration companies in America. RA currently has 22 full members and 13 associates producing close to $500 million in disaster restoration services coast-to-coast. RA provides single-source solutions for all fire, water, and storm related emergencies. RA provides national coverage combined with local expertise.

To inquire about membership, visit www.restorationaffiliates.com or emailinfo@restorationaffiliates.com.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Great Circle

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) and HBCF Vice President Dave Griege of Paramount Mortgage Company (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Erica Holliam, advancement manager for Great Circle.

The donation will be used to renovate and upgrade four restrooms in Great Circle’s Leighton Cottage. Leighton Cottage serves as a residence for girls on the organization’s Webster Groves Campus. Great Circle is one of only two residential/school programs offering autism diagnostic, academic, residential and respite services in the St. Louis area. In addition to housing, the children have access to educational programs which include typical core curriculum surrounded by music, speech/language and occupational therapies.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

‘Light it Up Blue’ in St. Louis for Autism Awareness Month

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St. Louis to Join Worldwide Lighting of Structures & Landmarks Blue 

Autism Awareness Month will kick off on Friday April 1, 2016 in St. Louis with landmarks and structures in the region lit blue.  The structures and landmarks will remain lit through Saturday April 2, 2016, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  On April 1, 2016, the St. Louis Blues will also dedicated their game against Boston Bruins to autism awareness. The worldwide awareness campaign is coordinated by Autism Speaks.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is diagnosed in one out of 68 children.

Among the structures and landmarks to be lit are:

  • James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One union hall in South St. Louis
  • Express Scripts in North St. Louis County
  • The Magic House, Kirkwood
  • Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield, Mo.
  • West County EMS & Fire, Ballwin, Mo.
  • West County Shopping Center in Des Peres, Mo.
  • Burns & McDonnell Engineering Consultants in Chesterfield, Mo.
  • Knights of Columbus Development Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Louis
  • Shaw Park Plaza, Clayton, Mo.
  • MilliporeSigma, South St. Louis
  • Saint Louis Zoo, in Forest Park
  • Peabody Plaza, downtown.
  • University Fountains at Saint Louis University in Midtown St. Louis
  • Civil Courts Building, downtown.
  • 360 Hilton at the Ballpark, downtown.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Building at 501 North Grand at Grand Center.
  • Metro Lighting in Brentwood and Chesterfield.
  • Peabody Opera House, downtown
  • The Laclede Group at 700 Market, downtown

 

A gallery of beautifully lit structures in past years can be found at the St. Louis Chapter Autism Speaks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153750884914115.1073741843.89272979114&type=1

In addition to lighting St. Louis blue, schools, businesses and civic organizations are being asked to encourage the wearing of blue clothing on or showcase the color blue in some way. To learn more on how to participate, visit www.lightitupblue.org or call the St. Louis Chapter of Autism Speaks at 314-989-1003.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The CDC has called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. For more information, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Growing Green Awards Celebrating 15 years of Green & Healthy Spaces!

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By Becky Finch, Growing Green Awards Committee Chair 

The Growing Green Awards are right around the corner! U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to host the 8thannual awards celebration on March 31 at the MOTO Museum in the Grand Center Arts District. We cannot wait to celebrate our nominees and winners this year – individuals, organizations, institutions and companies that are helping us towards the goal of making every building a green building! Growing Green Award nominees are transforming our built environment and our community into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, work and learn.

2016 is the Chapter’s 15th Anniversary, and we look forward to celebrating the past 15 years of green & healthy spaces at this year’s Growing Green Awards. When volunteers came together to found one of the first six USGBC Chapters in the country, the green building movement was relatively new. Fast forward 15 years and green building has come a long way. We have so much to be proud of, including over 40 winners and many, many more nominees recognized in the last 7 years of the Growing Green Awards. We look forward to celebrating the following nominees as well as LEED projects that achieved certification in 2015 and participants of our 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign.

The 2016 Growing Green Award Nominees are:

Community Champion

  • Forest Park Forever
  • Metro Lighting
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy, Energy Loan Program

Community Innovator 

  • Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc.
  • Mary Ostafi – Urban Harvest STL
  • Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works

Emerging Leader

  • City of Creve Coeur
  • City of Maplewood
  • City of St. Louis Building Division
  • Leslie Garner – Hastings+Chivetta Architects

Operational Excellence

  • Frisella Nursery
  • Graybar
  • Lewis and Clark Community College

Restoration Champion

  • Bade Roofing Company
  • Dominium, Inc.
  • Webster University
  • Western Specialty Contractor

You can learn more about the nominees and their accomplishments here. Please join us when we announce a winner in each of the above categories at the 8th Annual Growing Green Awards on March 31 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the MOTO Museum! Learn more about the Awards or purchase tickets for the event at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/green-awards/.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Members, Amy Gill At Annual Awards Ceremony

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 11th Annual Networking Awards held on March 3 at The Woman’s Club. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis introduced its inaugural Woman of Influence Award. The new award recognized a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

The awards revolve around CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women, showcase the power of networking and demonstrate the organization’s support to the community. Those honored in 2016 were:

Woman of Influence: Amy Gill, CEO, Restoration St. Louis

Amy Gill has been a leading force in redeveloping some of the region’s most iconic buildings. Her and her husband, Amrit, have made an impact by rehabbing dozens of historic structures in the Central West End, Midtown, Soulard, The Grove and University City. Those projects include Hotel Coronado, The Moolah, The Carleton, Theresa Park Lofts, Lindell Towers, MotorWorks Lofts, The Cloisters and Loop Lofts.

As part of its “promise through repurposing,” the firm will transform the Adler & Sullivan 705 Olive building in downtown St. Louis into a luxury boutique hotel. Restoration St. Louis announced plans to redevelop the nearly vacant building built in 1893 into a Hotel Blackhawk. The $50 million renovation will include 130 rooms and a dozen condos on floors 13 and 14.

“Amy’s vision and dedication to preserving these historic structures deserves recognition,” noted Monica Conners, president of CREW-St. Louis. “Most importantly, she has revitalized many of our communities through her belief in ‘urban husbandry.’”

New Member of the Year: Cara McKedy, Remiger Design

After joining CREW-St. Louis, McKedy became active in the organization. She accepted a role on the programs committee. She now serves as co-chair of this important committee, which handles all the details in arranging tours of area developments, speakers on current trends and events impacting the industry, and educational programs.

CREW Impact Award: Vicki Dolan, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

Dolan was lauded for her longstanding involvement in CREW-St. Louis and the industry. As a charter member of CREW-St. Louis, she remains active in the organization. She previously served as president and maintains a leadership role on the executive board.

She has become the chapter’s top recruiter for new members. And she always takes time to help members find success as a networking wizard and sage mentor. Additionally, she promotes the CREW Foundation, the only foundation dedicating its resources solely toward advancing women in the commercial real estate industry.

Her industry experience runs deep. She entered the brokerage field nearly four decades ago when few women choose such a career path. Since then, she has established herself as a premier professional and trusted advisor to her many clients. She has been recognized as a top producer throughout her career and has received honors for her many industry, civic and charitable activities.

Economic Impact:  Monica Conners, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Katy Jamboretz, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Nanci Napoli, St. Louis County Port Authority; and Kelly Cochran, St. Louis Title

(Joint Redevelopment of Westport Plaza by World Wide Technology and Lodging Hospitality Management) 

The $95 million redevelopment of Westport Plaza required the expertise of several CREW-St. Louis Members. Conners and Jamboretz from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership worked tirelessly to find support from the state, county, Maryland Heights and other local agencies to push the project forward. Napoli provided support as a member of the St. Louis County Port Authority. And Cochran handled the closing work on the leasehold agreements.

The year-long effort will result in a revitalized Westport Plaza through a joint development by World Wide Technology and Lodging Hospitality Management.

When completed, it will be the new home for World Wide Technology’s global headquarters and will also include a significant upgrade to Westport Plaza. The 210,000 square-foot building will open next summer and accommodate up to 1,000 employees. As one of the largest privately held firms in the country, St. Louis-based WWT expects to add some 100 new employees annually throughout the region.

The new headquarters will become an integral part of the revitalized Westport Plaza. To support its new building, the joint project includes a 763-car public parking garage, a connection from the existing WWT Campus to Westport Plaza and major outdoor improvements to the plaza. In addition, LHM will begin capital and tenant improvements to the area to improve the overall experience for people who work or visit Westport Plaza.

Career Advancement for Women: Linda Loewenstein, Lawrence Group

Colleagues applaud Loewenstein for working to help others move forward in their careers. A member of CREW-St. Louis since 1983, she has always supported its mission by her actions. She consistently encourages other women to get involved, network and take advantage of opportunities. She has mentored many professionals throughout her highly successful career.

She founded Lawrence Group’s interior design group, Lawrence Group Colors, in 1984. It now is one of the largest interior design firms in St. Louis. She also founded and served as president of NICHE, Lawrence Group’s furnishings and design retail store. She retired this year.

Her projects have been published both locally and nationally in the American Institute of Architects Journal, St. Louis Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Business Journal, and St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles.

Under her leadership, Lawrence Group has been ranked for several years as a Top Healthcare Giant, Top Hospitality Giant, and Top 100 Giant by Interior Design Magazine. In 2003, she was also selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women.

In 2013, she started and led Lawrence Group’s “LG30” campaign to support 30 charitable community organizations, raising money and organizing volunteers throughout the year. Her passion for giving back has also led her to serve on multiple nonprofit boards over the years.

RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database Now Available to the Public

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Want to know what incentives are available for putting a reflective coating on a roof? There’s an easy place to start. The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recently made its Reflective Roof Rebates Database available to the general public.

The Reflective Roof Rebates Database includes a comprehensive list of rebates, loans, grants, and tax credits pertaining to reflective roof coatings applied to low slope and steep slope roofs. The database covers all of the United States, including state, local, and utility company rebate programs and uses a customized search tool to find the most up-to-date listings available for installing reflective roofs. The search tool also offers filtered results by energy rebates, reflective roof rebates, or all available rebates within a specific state or ZIP code.

The Reflective Roof Rebates Database was enhanced in 2014 with increased functionality for searching available reflective roof incentives across the country. The information in the database for Missouri and Illinois is updated every three months.

Additional information is available within the database, which includes detailed information on each of the available incentive programs including eligibility, links to supporting documents, key program contacts, and online applications to apply for rebates. There is also a view print option that allows users to easily review the available information in a ready-to-share format.

The RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database is available at:http://www.roofcoatings.org/reflective-roof-rebates-database/

Garland E. Whitworth Memorial Scholarship Seeks Applicants

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Presented by Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) Safety & Crime Prevention Committee and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP).

Scholarship is for $1500. Initial requirements listed below. There are additional requirements to be fulfilled upon being chosen as a recipient. Previous recipients are eligible to re-apply.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, students must:

  • Write a short (1-2 page) paper on construction safety and submit to SIBA Safety and Crime Prevention Committee
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 / 4.0 grade point average (GPA) when applying for scholarship
  • Have a full-time student status
  • Be enrolled in a Construction Management program at Southwestern Illinois College, John A. Logan College, or Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Please contact SIBA at safetydept@siba-agc.org for more information if interested. Deadline to submit a paper is 4 p.m. on March 15 to the above listed email. All entries should be submitted in adobe pdf format in the following nomenclature (last name, first name-school name).

SLCCC To Award Construction Industry Best Practices, Diversity & Inclusion At Gala

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The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) will honor award winners for construction industry best practices and for diversity and inclusion at a Gala Reception and Dinner on Monday, March 7 at Bissingers in St. Louis.  The organization will also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the organization.

The Best Practice awards recognize successful implementation of Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII).   The CII has validated 17 Best Practices that successfully contribute to improve cost, schedule and quality for construction projects.  They require adopting a culture and disciplined implementation of critical elements to achieve project success.  Awards will be presented to teams for projects in the Missouri region.

Diversity awards recognize advocacy for inclusion in design and construction.  Organization winners will be recognized for programs that increase the capacity and capability of woman and minority owned firms or that grow the use of women and minorities working in construction.  The SLCCC will also recognize individuals as Inclusion Champions for their efforts to promote the use of women or minority owned businesses on projects or who have created opportunities for women and minorities to work in design and construction.

The SLCCC is the Owner advocate organization for achievement of best value in project delivery.  It serves as the regional leader that champions promotion of project delivery best practices through exceptional educational programs, information dissemination and collaboration.  The Council represents major Owners who are buyers of construction services in the commercial, institutional, industrial, utility and public sectors.  Associate members provide the contracting, design professional and other services used by construction consumers.

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EPA Releases New Rule Simplifying Lead-Paint Training Recertification

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP).  Specifically, EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without  “hands-on” training, such as an online course, once every other recertification instead of requiring hands-on training every time.

Under the revised rule, once a renovator takes the refresher course without the hands-on training, their next refresher training must include hands-on training. The certification from the refresher course without hands-on training will last for 3 years. Taking the course without hands-on training is optional but once a renovator takes the course, their next refresher course must include hands-on training and be taken within 3 years of their previous certification. The certification from taking a course with hands-on training will last for 5 years.

Certified renovators who were grandfathered under EPA lead-based paint courses, or any offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before the 2010 adoption of the RRP Rule, are required to attend a refresher course with a hands-on component.

To view a copy of the pre-publication revised rule, click here.

Do Electricians Hold the Key to America’s Future?

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Another study points to the key role electricians can play in the economic, lifestyle, and climate future of America.

According to a study released Wednesday by The Brattle Group, the nation’s 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and economic benefits.

Even in regions heavily reliant on coal and natural gas to generate electricity, the Brattle research shows that consumers have options for saving money on their electric bills and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with their water heating. Consumers can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent using their water heater as a thermal battery. Consumers can reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent using heat pump water heaters. Further, the emission reductions of water-heater storage will compound as more consumers participate and the electricity sector transitions to cleaner fuels and generation technologies.

Who stands at the center water-heater storage, more commonly called “community storage”? Electricians.

The Brattle research examined the economic and grid benefits of controlling three different types of water heaters (80-gallon electric resistance, 50-gallon electric resistance, and heat pump water heaters) for peak shaving, thermal storage, and real-time fast response to supply fluctuations. Researchers modeled these program designs using 2014 data from the PJM and MISO markets.

The Brattle researchers also modeled these programs using projected prices and energy resources in MISO in 2028 to determine the economic and environmental potential of electric water heaters to provide energy services to the grid in the future. The report NRECA-NRDC-PLMA report, “The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating,” is authored by Brattle Principals Ryan Hledik and Judy Chang, and Associate Roger Lueken. It was commissioned byNational Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).

Generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy, based in Minnesota, has been able to store a gigawatt of energy each night by controlling the electric resistance water heaters of 65,000 end-use members.

“At Great River Energy, we believe there’s a battery hidden in basements all across our service territory,” said Gary Connett, director of member services at Great River Energy. “When the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, large capacity water heaters can be enabled to make immediate use of that energy to heat water to high temperatures. The water heaters can be shut down when renewables are scarce and wholesale costs are high.”

“Co-ops have been controlling large water heaters for decades in order to reduce demand at peak times, which also reduces members’ electric bills. A community storage program using advanced water heaters allows us to do even more: we can store energy, we can optimize the power grid by shaping demand and we can integrate more renewable resources,” said Keith Dennis, NRECA’s senior principal for end-use solutions and standards.

“Given that water heating represents more than 15 percent of household energy use, this is a great opportunity to cut energy waste and also the emissions from electricity generation,” said Robin Roy, director of building energy efficiency and clean energy strategy at the NRDC.

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