Category: LEED

How LEED Certification Can Help Small Businesses and Emerging Urban Centers

Small businesses and emerging cities alike can benefit from going green with LEED certification. (more…)

Something Old and Something New: Adaptive Reuse Reinvigorates Urban Neighborhoods

Discover how adaptive reuse promotes entrepreneurial activity and diversity across urban settings. (more…)

Think Green Buildings Are Too Expensive? Think Again

Here’s why going green just might help you save some green. (more…)

UN Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations works toward sustainable and eco-friendly cities for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.


LEED Certification, Explained

You’ve probably heard of LEED certification, but what does the term mean for developers?

Building the Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings in St. Louis

The St. Louis Business Journal recently announced the highest-rated LEED-certified buildings in our area – and we’re proud to be among the top green constructions in St. Louis. We pride ourselves in building to the highest standards, including Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. It’s the top certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and takes careful planning every step of the way to achieve this level of sustainable design and construction.

L36 Roof

According to the publication, our project at Chouteau’s Crossing for the Sheet Metal Workers’ AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall has the highest certification in our area – taking the top spot as the most sustainably built building in St. Louis. It scores an 89.86% of the standards necessary to reach this level, far surpassing the Platinum requirement of 80 percentage points. While we completed every aspect of the build with sustainability in mind – all 96,000 square feet – some of the highlights make this building as interesting as it is green:

  • High-efficiency foam wall panels to save on new structural steel
  • Wind turbines and solar panels to produce 15% of needed energy on site
  • Skylights and sunshades to bring in natural light, while reducing heat loss 
  • Green roof panels with grass and gardens

To see the full list of LEED facts and figures, download the project profile PDF


In addition to taking the top spot for St. Louis’ greenest building, we also landed at #7 and #14 on the list for our work on the Staples Promotional Products and Page Business Center projects. We’re excited for the recognition, but even happier to see our clients enjoying their green, sustainably designed buildings in the St. Louis region.

Green Street receives the 2013 USGBC MO Gateway Chapter Award For Restoration

Green Street was the proud recipient of the Award for Restoration at this year’s Growing Green Awards. Green Street was honored to recieve the award and will continue to strive to make more positive impacts in green building and development. 

Green Street is proud to be recognized along with the following Green Community champions!

Awards were presented at the 6th Annual Growing Green Awards on March 27 to:

  • Emerging Leader: Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group
  • Education: MICDS
  • Operational Excellence: St. Louis Zoo
  • Restoration: Green Street St. Louis
  • Innovation: Gary Steps, Butterfly Energy Works
  • Community Champion: Deb Frank, Missouri Botanical Garden


Construction underway at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

As Published by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sept 6th, 2013
Author: Tim Bryant

David Wolfe sees past the blank walls of an old brick warehouse to a light-filled brewery that represents the rapid expansion of his Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Wolfe is co-founder of Urban Chestnut, the fast-growing craft brewer that is expanding to the 80,000-square-foot building at 4465 Manchester Avenue.

With brewery partner Florian Kuplent, Wolfe is running the $10 million project to redo the former Renard Paper Co. warehouse as a brewery that will, potentially, provide two-year-old Urban Chestnut with the largest beer factory among the area’s craft brewers.

Urban Chestnut worked with Green Street, a Clayton-based developer, to find a building to renovate as a brewery. The beer maker says it has outgrown its brewhouse at 3229 Washington Avenue, which will remain open. That facility will produce 7,000 barrels this year, about double from a year ago.

The new brewery, located in the Grove entertainment area of the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, will have an annual capacity of about 15,000 barrels, with space to expand to 100,000 barrels.

Green Street bought the Renard building in March and is leasing it to Urban Chestnut.

This week, workers punched holes on the Manchester side of the building for five large windows that will provide views of brewing equipment inside the structure.

“We’ve got daylight,” Wolfe said as he viewed the progress. “Nice.”

Another wall section will come down entirely to produce a patio for about 80 people. A glass partition will separate the patio from rows of beer fermentation tanks.

Peder Hulse, a Green Street vice president, said the building’s oldest section went up in the 1920s as a paint distribution center that was remodeled in the 1940s. An addition in the 1980s and another in the early 1990s brought the building to its current size. Urban Chestnut will use the newest section to store and ship beer.

Aside from new lighting, a gift shop and company offices, the building’s interior will get only a slight makeover.

“We’re going to keep it pretty raw and industrial,” Wolfe said.

Despite its fast growth, Urban Chestnut has yet to crack the ranks of the top U.S. craft beer makers. Schlafly, at 21 the old man of St. Louis microbrews, ranked 44th in craft beer volume sales last year, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association. Boulevard, of Kansas City, held the 14th spot.

“We’re still outside of the top 100,” said Wolfe, noting that Urban Chestnut is less than a tenth the size of Schlafly.

Still, Urban Chestnut is big in the St. Louis beer scene and is part of a golden age of craft brewing in many cities, including Denver, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Boston.

Wolfe and Kuplent said they were happy to find a suitable building in the Grove, home to a growing number of bars and restaurants.

“We definitely want to be part of the urban life,” Kuplent said.

The new Urban Chestnut brewery, set to open next spring with about 30 employees, will get a warm welcome in the Grove, said Chris Colizza, project coordinator for Mangrove Development, which does mixed-use ventures in the area.

“It’s going to activate a whole block that’s currently vacant,” he said. “It’s going to help the neighborhood immensely from a commercial aspect.”

Colizza, formerly a planner for Park Central Development, the 17th Ward’s development arm in the area, said the brewery will be the Grove’s “marquee” addition, along with a new coffeehouse and, perhaps, a music venue in the 4100 block of Manchester.

HBD Construction, the general contractor on the Urban Chestnut project, has its office 10 blocks west of the brewery site. Its president, Mike Perry, said the stretch of Manchester east of Kingshighway was plenty sketchy before it developed as the Grove.

“I just assumed this would always be a troubled area,” he said. “It’s great to see it coming back.”

Tim Bryant covers commercial real estate, development and other business stories for the Post-Dispatch. He blogs at Building Blocks, the Post-Dispatch development blog. 

Urban Chestnut's second location will be St. Louis' largest craft brewery


Two-year-old Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. plans to open a second brewery in St. Louis that will quadruple its current brewing capacity and give it the largest footprint of any St. Louis-area craft brewery.

The new location, at 4465 Manchester Avenue in the city’s Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, is the former Renard Paper Co. building, on the western edge of the Grove entertainment district.

Clayton-based real estate firm Green Street bought the 75,000-square-foot building last month and will lease it to Urban Chestnut. The brewery had been working with Green Street for more than a year to find an expansion property.

Brewery owners David Wolfe and Florian Kuplent will present the project to the Forest Park Southeast Development Committee at a meeting April 23. They said they have gotten positive feedback from 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy and members of Park Central Development, the 17th Ward’s community development corporation.

“We’re really excited about it, and the next step will be to see what the neighborhood has to say,” said Chris Colizza, Park Central’s neighborhood planner. “To me, it seems like a slam-dunk. It would be a win for the commercial district and the neighborhood at large.”

If all goes according to plan, work will begin next month, and the new brewery and pub will open in early 2014. The redevelopment is expected to cost about $10 million.

“The space is pretty much perfect for what we want to do, and it gives us room to grow,” said Kuplent, who also is Urban Chestnut’s brewmaster. “We’re also excited about the location and to be part of the Grove.”

Once the new brewery is open, Urban Chestnut initially will be able to boost its annual production by about 15,000 barrels of beer. The new facility will eventually have capacity for 100,000 barrels a year. (One barrel equals 31 gallons, or about 330 regular-size bottles.)

Urban Chestnut brewed about 4,000 barrels of draft and bottled beer in 2012 at its midtown brewery at 3229 Washington Boulevard, and it is on pace to brew about 7,500 barrels there this year.

The midtown brewpub, which opened in January 2011, will remain fully operational when the second location opens. Kuplent said he will use that brewery mainly to test, brew and package small-batch and wood-aged beers; its bar and 400-seat beer garden will stay as they are.

The second Urban Chestnut location will be roughly twice the size of Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, currently the area’s biggest craft brewery.

The St. Louis Brewery produced about 50,000 barrels of Schlafly beer last year at the Bottleworks, the Tap Room downtown and at several out-of-state facilities.

Urban Chestnut’s renovation of the Renard Paper warehouse will include a bottling line, staff offices, retail space, a kitchen and bar area, and seating for about 150 people. Windows will look out on to Manchester Avenue, and the bar will face the brewhouse.

“People will actually be able to smell, see and hear what we’re doing in the brewery,” Kuplent said.

Kuplent and Wolfe are both former Anheuser-Busch InBev employees who left their positions to open Urban Chestnut.

They brew and market their beers in two categories: reverence and revolution. The former is a nod toward traditional, European beer styles (Kuplent was born and trained in Germany), while the latter focuses on American-style craft beers.

Wolfe said they hope to use the expansion opportunity to evolve the reverence-revolution theme.

“Our original location, with the beer garden and wooden tables, is in the reverence model,” Wolfe said. “The new space, which is industrial and modern, fits the revolution concept.”

Urban Chestnut will hire an additional 40 full- and part-time employees once the new brewery is complete.

Green Street will seek LEED certification for energy efficiency, water conservation and other “green” endeavors at the former paper company building, which was constructed in the 1920s and underwent expansions in the ’80s and ’90s.

The redevelopment plan includes spaces for parking on the north and east sides of the building.

Source: Evan S. Benn (@EvanBenn) is the food critic and beer columnist for the Post-Dispatch.