Saint Louis University (SLU) has broken ground on the university’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building in the US.
Construction on the 90,000ft², three-storey structure will begin in November 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Hastings + Chivetta has been appointed architect and BSI Constructors general contractor for the project.
The project is the result of a year of extensive data collection and planning by faculty, students and administrators.
The building is part of a $50m project that includes renovation of existing lab spaces.
The new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building will include large, three-storey atrium; 10,000ft² in new research space; and new teaching lab spaces to support bioinfomatics, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, neuroscience and computer science courses.
The new building will also include active learning classroom with a capacity of up to 210 students; formal and informal collaboration and gathering spaces; and research computing and data visualisation support centre.
The university will issue bonds to raise funds for the construction of the project. The bond issue will be repaid over a period of years.
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology dean and Biomedical Engineering professor Michelle Sabick said that the building committee wanted the building to be a destination for faculty and students.
She said: “The building will be an inviting space where science is on display.”
Saint Louis University plans to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the US Green Building Council for the new building.
This will be SLU’s second LEED-certified building after Doisy Research Center, and the first with silver-level status or above.
Associate professor of Chemistry Dana Baum said that she is excited that the ISE Building will assist faculty in being able to follow the Jesuit mission of educating the person with hands-on experiential learning in modern labs.
Image: Civic leaders and construction partners joined SLU leadership for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building. Photo: Courtesy of Saint Louis University.