“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.
“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.