Armstrong Teasdale’s managing partner cited the fact that its new home – Centene’s office complex in Clayton – will be LEED certified as one of its reasons for leaving Met Square downtown.
“Technology has changed considerably since we moved into this building. That, and you hear a lot about LEED-certified buildings. We’re very interested in that effort, as are our clients, so we were very interested in being involved in an office building in St. Louis that’s LEED-certified.”
First of all, isn’t remaining in an existing building – even if it is not LEED-certified – be considered more environmentally friendly than moving to a new one? This falls more on Centene than it does Armstrong Teasdale.
And just because Met Square and certain other downtown buildings aren’t LEED-certified, Armstrong Teasdale could have earned LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) certification for remodeling its space. HOK’s space in Met Square is LEED-CI certified as is Arcturis’ new space in the Laclede Gas Building.
With regards to technology, as part of its upcoming office renovations, Thompson Coburn plans to outfit its offices with the highest technology available, including voice-over IP and video conferencing. Bryan Cave did the same thing when it renovated its space in Met Square a few years ago. So, it can be done – even in Armstrong Teasdale’s current building.
It’s okay to admit that you’re just helping out a major client and received a massive subsidy to go there.
Thompson Coburn has presented some more compelling reasons for remaining downtown:
"From a recruiting perspective, (Managing Partner Tom) Minogue said the firm’s proximity to downtown redevelopment, including the Washington Avenue loft and restaurant district, was another factor in the decision to stay. 'Our young people like being here, which is a very positive thing to say about the city,' he said. In addition, half the firm’s staff commutes from southern Illinois, which was another consideration in choosing to remain downtown."