21 O'Fallon Street
In August of 2004, the William A. Kerr Foundation purchased a small, rundown building at 21 O’Fallon St. in St. Louis, Missouri. It is about a mile north of the Gateway Arch, a block from the Mississippi River and in a largely abandoned industrial area. Three years later, after almost two million dollars in renovation, the building received LEED-Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council. It scored 5 out of 5 points for its Innovation and Design Process and 58 out of a total possible 69 points to earn its Platinum LEED Certification. (See LEED Scorecard) Below is a summary of some interesting facts about the building and the process of transforming it into its current use as an office for the foundation, an educational demonstration for sustainable building practices, and an event space available for use by non-profit organizations.