James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, the chemical and biochemical engineering building at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was recently awarded LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, the chemical and biochemical engineering building at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was recently awarded LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED rating system is the foremost certification program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Bertelsmeyer Hall received 56 points and achieved LEED silver certification for water savings, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, site selection and development density and community connectivity. The building’s scorecard is available online.
“The campus determined during the design phase of the building that we would try to achieve LEED silver for the building,” says JoAnne C. Steineman, construction manager at Missouri S&T. “This is a great accomplishment for the campus and the design and construction team.”
Designed by Clark Enersen of Kansas City and constructed by Bales Construction Co., the 68,500-square-foot, three-story building — which was officially dedicated last fall — houses teaching and research activities for Missouri S&T’s chemical and biochemical engineering department.
The facility’s lower level holds research laboratories and lecture halls as well as space for mechanical and electrical equipment. The first floor houses research and teaching laboratories, lecture halls, offices and student gathering space. The second floor houses research laboratories and office space.
Chemistry and biological sciences departments at Missouri S&T also benefit from the building. The two departments formerly shared spaces with the chemical and biochemical engineering department in Schrenk Hall. Construction of Bertelsmeyer Hall has freed up space for those two departments.
The building is named in honor of Missouri S&T graduate James E. Bertelsmeyer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who donated $5 million toward the facility’s construction. Bertelsmeyer, the retired founder, chair and chief executive officer of Heritage Propane Partners in Tulsa, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) in 1966.