East Academic Building Named Facility of the Year

East Academic Building Webster University Building Lauded for Sustainability, Design

ST. LOUIS (JUNE 18, 2014) - Webster University’s East Academic Building (EAB) was named “Facility of the Year” by the International Facility Manager’s Association (IFMA), it was announced late last week. A ceremony will be hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of the IFMA tonight, Wednesday, June 18th at the Kemp Auto Museum.

This is not the first major recognition for the building. Last year, it received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, identifying the building as one of the most sustainable in the St. Louis Metro area.

According to the IFMA, the award is presented to a facility project completed in the past two years within the Metropolitan St. Louis area that represents “innovation in one or all of the following areas:  operational excellence, environmental stewardship, technology, emergency preparedness and business continuity, real estate and property management, quality, and human factor design.” The IFMA recognizes buildings that go above and beyond in design and/or construction, such as sustainable elements that qualify it for LEED certification.

In its report on the EAB, the IFMA specifically highlighted the vapor barrier used in the construction of the building, saying it stood out as significantly superior to standard code requirements.  In addition, the use of low admittance glass, vegetative “Green” roofs impressed the awards committee.  It also highlighted the findings in the building’s LEED certification.

When the EAB was reviewed for LEED certification, among the many features highlighted in the report were the use of natural light in the building, its close proximity to public transportation and other services, the bicycle lockers and changing rooms for bicycle riders, and the 35 percent reduction in overall energy usage in the entire structure. The University initially applied for silver-level LEED certification, but when the review was completed, found it qualified for the gold-level. The structure is one of only 31 gold-level buildings in the greater St. Louis area, and the only gold-level building in Webster Groves.

The $29 million, 94,323-square-foot EAB houses the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology as well as other programs and services. With 31 classrooms, 10 large computer labs, 48 offices, and two large lobbies, the new building features the most up-to-date instruction design and technology. It opened in March, 2012.

The IFMA is the premier professional association for facility management representing more than 18,000 facility professionals throughout more than 50 countries.  The local St Louis Chapter includes approximately 260 members, of which 65% are professional facility managers.  Local members include a wide mix of St. Louis facilities including Fortune 500 Companies such as Boeing, Purina, Maritz and Graybar, cultural institutions such as the Art Museum, Science Museum and History Museum, Washington University and Saint Louis University.  More information about the International Association can be found at:  http://www.ifma.org/ or http://www.ifmastl.org/.  

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.