The RAS is a key to reinvesting in STLCOP’s urban campus located in a growing academic medical center. The vibrant, walkable, and transit oriented CWE neighborhood supports the mixed-use vertical building as a model of identity for the campus. It spatially links to the adjacent academic building with interlocking, cantilevered volumes framing a new gateway entry to the campus. The arrival plaza is part of a new campus landscape defined by a connective network of event spaces and meaningful experiences including a memorial garden, pharmacy quad, and commons bridge.
The building seamlessly fuses a wide-range of uses, while honoring the critical divisions between quiet study and active collaboration, restful sleep and athletic activity. Athletics include a competition gym, intramural gym, fitness center, running track. The 375-seat dining hall is an inviting, flexible multipurpose space. The student center provides a critical transition between active spaces below and residential floors, with their privacy and security requirements, atop the building on floors five through seven. A hub of collaborative space connected by a vertical landscape of themed stairs integrates diverse programs at the corner in an expression of visible activity. This public space is wrapped in glass as part of a strategic gradation of materials that define the skin of the building. Private zones are articulated with brick faced precast panels while fritted glass creates a transition from solid to transparent. Inside, colorful furniture and wall graphics strategically animate a simple palate of light and dark surfaces wrapping dynamic, multi-story spaces.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is a LEED certified building, incorporating sustainable elements in site selection, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The location of the building greatly reduces occupants need for a car, as there are many community services located within a half mile. Additionally, the project is adjacent to several public transportation stops, including bus and rail. The building underwent commissioning to ensure the MEP systems were functioning efficiently and as designed. Over 20% of our material selection emphasized products sourced and extracted within 500 miles, as well as products with recycled content.
Additionally, wellness concepts were incorporated into design to promote occupant sustainability. A main staircase connecting all floors promotes fitness and reduced energy consumption by offsetting elevator us. Access to daylight was a priority for office areas through their placement along the building perimeter. Acoustics were particularly important to ensure students have an environment to study and enhance productivity.
Compared to an ASHRAE 90.1 2007 baseline case, STL College of Pharmacy was designed with 12.85 energy use cost savings. Strategies include LED lighting and maximizing daylight by using glass selectively in areas of higher occupancy.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is located in a dense area of downtown with many community services and public transportation easily accessible by foot. The site has a Walk Score of 81 (very walkable). Examples of services located nearby, within a half-mile, include a fitness center, several restaurants, child care, a bank, parks and various care physicians.
Additionally, within a quarter mile, two rail lines and almost a dozen bus lines are easily accessible.
Through utilization of efficient flush and flow fixtures, the building has a 21% reduction in potable water use.
Adhesives and sealants, paints, and flooring all following applicable standards for low VOC. Wood and agrifiber products additionally avoided the use of any urea-formaldehyde. During demolition, over 90% of materials were recycled including concrete and metal. Construction waste was commingled and sorted off-site, with 91.04% recycled. Recycled streams during construction include concrete, wood, metal, plastic, cardboard/paper, and gypsum board.
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