Suffragette City

University City's city council wants the renovated city hall building to be a green showpiece, setting an example and serving as an educational tool for local residents.

Edward Gardner Lewis built the Woman's Magazine Building in 1904 to house his magazine offices.

Edward Gardner Lewis built the Woman's Magazine Building in 1904 to house his magazine offices.

The building also served as a base for suffragettes during the American Woman's League's first national convention.

The building also served as a base for suffragettes during the American Woman's League's first national convention.

Many of the historic spaces, such as the central stair, city manager’s office , and council chambers, needed little heavy-duty restoration work, but low-energy lighting and sprinklers were added throughout.

Many of the historic spaces, such as the central stair, city manager’s office , and council chambers, needed little heavy-duty restoration work, but low-energy lighting and sprinklers were added throughout.

Many of the historic spaces, such as the central stair, city manager’s office , and council chambers, needed little heavy-duty restoration work, but low-energy lighting and sprinklers were added throughout.

While secreted in most of the building's historic spaces, the new high-efficiency HVAC system can be seen in a third-floor conference room and restroom.

While secreted in most of the building's historic spaces, the new high-efficiency HVAC system can be seen in a third-floor conference room and restroom.

Often hidden from view, sustainable systems are used throughout the tower.

WINDOW RESTORATION Historical Wood Windows Manufacturing -- historicalwoodwindows.com Inefficient windows were partly to blame for the old building’s poor thermal performance, and many of them leaked, as well. All the windows were removed and delivered by truck to Historical Wood Windows Manufacturing,a Kansas City, Mo., company that restored the sashes and installed new insulated glass. Entirely new reproduction windows were built for the second floor, whose original windows had been replaced earlier with ones that didn’t match.

WATER CONSERVATION Sloan Valve Co. -- sloanvalve.com The combination of the LEED imperative and the desire to demonstrate water conservation as a public education tool led to the specification of dual-flush flushometers in the restrooms. The mode for liquid waste saves ½ gallon of water—about 30 percent—for each flush. In addition, the men’s rooms are equipped with waterless urinals.

New metal handrails installed on the exterior stairs incorporate downlights that improve visibility at night. Accent lights at the base of the second-floor windows illuminate the building at night but had to be carefully shaded to be dark-sky compliant.

Many of the historic spaces, such as the central stair, city manager’s office , and council chambers, needed little heavy-duty restoration work, but low-energy lighting and sprinklers were added throughout.

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