Located in a formerly desolate area of downtown St. Louis, the William A. Kerr Foundation building is a showcase for sustainable renovation strategies. It started out in the late 1800’s as a bathhouse (it sits above a natural mineral spring), and thereafter as a paint warehouse — over time, it fell into disrepair. The neighborhood was blighted when it was acquired by the owners, and they wanted to restore the building for the foundation’s offices and educational activities. Subsequent to remediation and renovation, it was awarded 58 out of a possible 69 points by the USGBC and received LEED Platinum certification. The William A. Kerr Foundation building has the following green features:
- The first wind turbine in the city of St. Louis
- 3.5 kW PVL system and solar hot water heating
- Raised access-plenum HVAC floor
- A green roof, bioswales, and rain barrels
- Bicycle racks and interior showers
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Solatube Light tubes for natural lighting
- Rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, cork, and Marmoleum
According to Vertegy, a full-service sustainable consultancy, the 4,800 square foot building was renovated at a cost of $1.5 million. In addition, last May, ED+C published a case study of the building and described the building’s unique restoration.
Image credits: Trailnet (top); Urban Review STL (bottom three).