By St. Louis Business Journal

Sheet Metal Workersâ¿¿ Local 36 broke ground Wednesday on its new $15 million headquarters in St. Louis.

The Chouteau Crossing development in a former boiler facility south of downtown will house the unionâ¿¿s new meeting hall, training school and offices, as well as serve as the new home for DynaLabs LLC, which will lease a portion of the space.

⿿This new facility will help us remain on the cutting edge of technology,⿝ said Local 36 President and Business Manager David Zimmermann in a statement. ⿿It⿿s our duty to maintain and improve the industry that those before us have worked so hard to build, and this project shows our commitment to that purpose.⿝

Construction is now under way on the 96,000-square-foot building. The facility is being planned to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Features of the new facility include:

  • Roof rain water collection/irrigation cistern system
  • Solar voltaic panels
  • Wind turbines,
  • Geothermal systems
  • Solar domestic hot water systems

The $15 million dollar project is expected to take between 10 and 12 months to complete and is receiving multiple state and federal tax incentives including $5 million in New Market Tax Credits, a Business Energy Investment Tax Credit Grant and $660,724 in Brownfield tax credits.

Green Street Properties, Treanor Architects, G.S.&S. Construction, Solutions AEC, and Stock and Associates are working on the project.

Sheet Metal Workersâ¿¿ Local 36 encompasses the St. Louis metro area, eastern Missouri, Columbia, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo., as well as Arkansas. The union represents more than 3,200 members and serves more than 160 contractors. It is an affiliate of the Sheet Metal Workersâ¿¿ Union International Association.

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