ST. LOUIS, Mo. — After nearly two years, workers from St. Louis-based general contractor, Clayco Inc., wrapped up construction on the Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, a LEED Gold-certified engineering facility at Washington University in St. Louis.
Two-thirds of Brauer Hall is dedicated to research laboratories. The 150,875-square-foot, four-story structure houses 27 labs. The facility will serve as a home for the School of Engineering's Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering and provide space for the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability.
To achieve LEED certifications, international architectural firm RMJM designed a high albedo roof to reflect heat, low-flow fixtures that reduce water consumption by 30 percent, and a storm water recycling system that utilizes runoff for on-site landscape irrigation. Approximately 75 percent of non-hazardous construction waste was recycled during the building process. A high-efficiency air-handling system that incorporates air-to-air recovery produces energy savings of more than 30 percent at the hall.
The university's School of Medicine also recently dedicated the BJC Institute of Health, a $235 million, 680,000-square-foot research building that houses laboratories and support facilities. The 11-story structure is Washington University's largest building.
The Institute, which features a pollution prevention plan, water-efficient landscaping, an energy performance protocol, and recycled and local building materials, is currently seeking a LEED Gold rating.
Inside the BJC Institute, BioMed 21, a collaborative interdisciplinary research center, will use the building's laboratories. The School of Medicine's Division of Pediatric Surgery and Department of Pathology and Immunology will also occupy the building.
International architecture firm Cannon Design designed the building and S.M. Wilson & Co. of St. Louis served as the general contractor.