Maryville University School Of Health Professions

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“It has been transformational, not only for the College [of Health Professions] but for the whole university.” – Dr. Charles Gulas, Dean, College of Health Professions Maryville University

In an effort to bolster recruitment for its Healthcare Professions program, Maryville University needed a state-of-the-art lab and academic facility to continue its excellence in education and stay competitive in the region. Lamar Johnson Collaborative was charged to maintain high connectivity to the campus, while still bringing a fresh perspective to the project.

With a tight budget in mind, LJC thoughtfully designed using early BIM coordination of all MEP systems, therefore compressing the interstitial space and saving exterior skin cost. 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 through measures such as reducing energy use by 22 percent, enhanced commissioning, and reducing water use. Due to the floor to ceiling glass in all classrooms, the design will also exceed the LEED requirements for daylight and views.

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Interior Design

“LJC comes totally open to any new idea and their beauty, in my estimation, is their ability to take a tough schedule and a tough budget and produce a terrific design.” – Mike Convy, Covy Group Owner’s Rep, Maryville University

The team’s designs for the three-story, 87,000 SF facility were inspired by a unique “open collaboration” concept, promoting natural interaction among students, faculty, and staff. This innovative facility is certified LEED Silver through the use of measures such as reduced energy use, enhanced commissioning, reduced water use, and the specification of regionally harvested and recycled materials.


Maryville University


St. Louis, MO


87,000 SF


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design


2016 – International Interior Design Association (IIDA) – Design Excellence Award in Sustainability

2015 – Tilt-Up Concrete Association- Education Division, Excellence