University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St Louis (RAS)
St. Louis, MO
Maryville University approached LJC to design a state-of-the-art lab and academic facility to bolster recruitment for their Healthcare Professions program and bring the School of Nursing program to the next level in education. While still bringing a fresh perspective to the project, the team was charged with maintaining high connectivity to the campus in the building placement on the quad and choosing architectural materials.
With a tight budget, LJC thoughtfully designed using early BIM coordination of all MEP systems, compressing the interstitial space and saving exterior skin costs. The skin of the building was also analyzed, leading to a thin brick tilt-up concrete panel as the solution to achieve a $205 per square foot cost and maintain all programmatic requirements in the building.
This innovative facility achieved LEED Silver certification by reducing energy use by 22 percent, enhancing commissioning, and reducing water use. Due to the floor-to-ceiling glass in all classrooms, the design exceeds the LEED requirements for daylight and views.
LJC’s design is inspired by a unique “open collaboration” concept, promoting natural interaction among students, faculty, and staff. The new building houses nationally recognized programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation services, rehabilitation counseling, music therapy, new programs for communication science and disorders, and speech-language pathology within a health-minded innovative environment that would support collaboration.