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Tour and Presentation at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

August 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The St. Louis chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will present a program that details the design of the Danforth Plant Science Center. Attendees will then tour the research facility that focuses on food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture.

Laurel Harrington, Ryan Kopp and Emily Wray, architects with Christner Inc., and Mike Lawless, client executive with IMEG, will discuss how the design of the landscaping, buildings and labs shape and transform the work environment at the bioscience and agricultural research center.

IFMA St. Louis recently presented its Facility of the Year award to the center during its celebration of National FM Day. The award recognized the innovation in the center’s expansion.

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.

About IFMA St. Louis

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. IFMA members also value their membership as a way to build their careers, seek counsel and advice from other facility management professionals, access a variety of resources and achieve professional certification. Represented in 130 chapters and 17 councils worldwide, IFMA members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $100 billion in products and services. For more information, visit






August 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
975 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States
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Karen Shymanski
(314) 487-7725
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