Governor’s Metropolitan Community/Redevelopment Project of the Year Award – UCBC

Green Street St. Louis, a full service real estate provider focused on sustainable building practices, together with St. Louis based craft brewer Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC), recently converted the former Renard Paper Co. warehouse and distribution building at 4465 Manchester Avenue in the city’s Forest Park Southeast (the “Grove”) into a new, LEED Silver brewery and bierhall for UCBC. The location’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver designation was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for embracing the principles of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

The new location is one of only a few LEED certified breweries nationwide, and gives UCBC the largest footprint of any craft brewer in the St. Louis area with approximately 70,000 square feet. With the addition of its new Grove location, UCBC has more than doubled it’s annual barrel production, and also has the potential to produce up to 15 times its original capacity.

Founded in early 2011 by Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company outgrew capacity at its initial location within two years of launching the business. Shortly thereafter, Green Street St. Louis approached the team about expanding the business, and the decision was made to restore a city-long block into a sustainable, vibrant business within the redeveloping Grove area.

Some of the energy efficient highlights of the new UCBC include:

  • 100 percent of the building structure retained.
  • 41 percent reduction in Lighting Power Density.
  • Employee and customer bike parking.
  • 97 percent use of ENERGY STAR equipment.
  • 64 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills.
  • 36 percent reduction in water usage from baseline.
  • 900,000 kwhs of clean energy to be purchased to offset carbon emission.

The Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Brewery and Bierhall has created 20 new full-time jobs and 30 part-time jobs.

About the Award

The Metropolitan Community/Redevelopment Project of the Year award recognizes the best example of a community/redevelopment project that demonstrated a significant impact on a metropolitan neighborhood or community. Applicants may include community development organizations, local governments, developers, individuals, not-for-profits, community development corporations or others.