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Supporting Community with Green & Healthy Places

  • 14 Sep 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Supporting Community with Green & Healthy Places
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Hosted in partnership with AIA St. Louis (American Institute of Architects), STL NOMA (The St. Louis Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) and your U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. 



In this educational program three professionals of the Gateway region will present and discuss the process, importance, and impact building sustainable places has on the community and the communities they serve. 


  • Doorways & Enterprise Green Communities: Improving the Jeff-Vander-Lou Neighborhood in St. Louis, MO

    For those living with HIV/AIDS, a stable home is the top predictor of health outcomes. DOORWAYS is an interfaith not-for-profit that provides housing and related support services to people affected by the disease. Through emergency and long-term housing programs, DOORWAYS restores dignity, health, and self-sufficiency to their clients.

    Trivers is working with DOORWAYS on the planning and development of a three-acre site selected just north of Downtown. The planned new campus will include 14,000 square feet of integrated program and administrative spaces, as well as 50 units of new transitional housing. The integration of Enterprise Green Communities and a focus on amenities that help clients transition from homelessness into permanent supportive housing, programming will include creative living arrangements as well as thoughtfully placed community spaces.

  • Rung for Women: How Can a Facility Deliver on a Mission? 

    The mission of Rung for Women is to empower women to grow and achieve sustained independence through co-located and coordinated educational, professional, and economic resources. This mission was the central focus in renovating the Fox Brother’s Manufacturing warehouse in the historic Fox Park neighborhood. The utmost attention was put into bringing this building back to life and creating a warm and welcoming environment that also delivers on the mission of giving women in St. Louis a variety of services for every aspect of their life, bringing multiple non-profits all together under one roof.

  • Edison Lofts: Historic, Sustainable, Livable 

    Edison Lofts in Granite City, IL is a development of Rise Community Development. A former YMCA, the building was built in the 1920’s and operated as a classic Y with hotel-type accommodations as well as traditional pool, basketball and other sports. Empty for 14 years when the YMCA moved to a newer building, the Edison Lofts will provide homes for low-income Granite City residents, including artists and veterans. The project was built under the criteria of the National Green Building System and received funding through Historic Tax Credits. It’s location in the heart of downtown Granite City makes it convenient and sustainable.


  • Investigate how the Enterprise Green Communities process positively impacts the community and understand how the certification for green affordable housing construction also uniquely supports an organization's staff and clients. 
  • Identify three Enterprise Green Communities requirements and explore specific applications of Enterprise Green Communities requirements implemented in a local St. Louis Gateway region facility. 
  • Discuss and better understand how demographic information influences the local goals of an organization's campus, it's mission and focus. 
  • Explore how a local St. Louis organization's renovation was created to cater to the co-located and collaborative support model, including Co-Design and Partnership vision. 
  • Clarify Low Income Housing Tax Credit program needs and funding and enhance understanding of programs provided with low income housing as well as best practices when facing limitations on access.
  • Compare the challenges of sustainable development in a small town while meeting requirements of Historic Tax Credits and community needs, including special housing for artists and veterans. 


    Neil Chace
    , AIA, WELL AP, LEED GA, Associate Project Manager, Trivers

    Neil Chace is an Associate and Project Manager who enhances Trivers' dedication to thoughtful design solutions that positively impact end-users and the community at large. Neil has experience ranging from education to multi-family development. He has led American Cancer Society Hope Lodge projects in several cities from inception to completions.

    Neil is the Co-founder and past board President of ModernSTL, a non-profit organization striving for the identification, education, preservation and celebration of St. Louis Modernism. He also serves on the board of the Hospitality Healthcare Network, an association of nonprofit organizations and professionals who provide lodging and support services to patients and families receiving medical treatment away from home. Neil received his Bachelor of Architecture from Drury University and recently became a WELL Accredited Professional and a LEED Green Associate.  

    Leslie Gill
    , President, Rung for Women

    Having served in leadership capacities for several profit and non-profit organizations, Leslie Gill has been deeply involved in a wide range of social welfare issues. Before joining Rung as the organization’s president, Leslie Gill served as the Chief Executive Officer of Annie Malone Children’s & Family Service Center.

    Prior to her role at Annie Malone, Leslie served as Executive Director of College Summit, where she had multi-state responsibility for programs, fundraising, and business operations. Prior to that, she spent six years in executive leadership roles with the Girl Scouts in St. Louis and Atlanta. In those roles, she oversaw advocacy and governmental affairs, strategic planning, program development, membership recruitment, and cookie sales.

    Leslie is a native of St. Louis, and now resides in the Central West End neighborhood with her daughter, Marley. She is distinguished alumnus of Hampton University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University, as well as a Master of International Business from St. Louis University. Coupled with years of experience in executive leadership positions, Leslie is well-equipped to lead Rung and help further its mission to empower women.

    John Williams
    , Project Designer, Rosemann and Associates, PC

    John Williams received his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Global Studies at the Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University. He has worked on Edison Lofts since 2018, providing thoughtful direction to the production team throughout the process. He has developed a unique perspective on construction and historic detailing over the course of working through the project's construction. Good renovation work call for endless patience and perseverance and John has both. John has also been recognized for his special quality of service and leadership as a Rise Young Professionals Board member. John's passion to engage in efforts towards community revitalization in St. Louis can be seen in the work that he does every day. 


    Submitted for AIA CES credit approval

    Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hours


    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    5:30 - 7:30 pm


    Virtual event via Zoom.

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    FREE for AIA St. Louis Chapter Members
    FREE for STL NOMA Chapter Members
    FREE for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members

    $10.00 for Non-members


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