UMSL – College of Optometry & Nursing Patient Care Center
The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) reshaped its south campus with a new Patient Care Center for its College of Optometry and Nursing. The facility incorporates the latest technology needed to advance eye and vision research and recruit the most highly-qualified faculty and students to the college.
The new two story, 48,000 SF Patient Care Center provides space for clinical education and research as well as comprehensive eye and vision care. The building’s two story atrium captures an abundance of natural light and offers clear wayfinding to four service clusters, including adult eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens eye care and primary health care. A series of clerestory windows above each of the four areas allows natural light to reach inner corridors and spaces.
David Mason + Associates (DMA) provided all structural engineering services for the project including design phase and construction phase services. Foundation systems consisted of spread footings. The building exterior wall system was curtain wall and glass façade supported light gage metal studs for wind and seismic loads. Lateral force resisting systems were steel braced frames. All floor and roof systems were used as diaphragms to distribute the lateral wind and seismic building forces to the vertical lateral load resisting elements. Additional structural considerations for floor vibration damping were employed to limit the effects on sensitive medical and laboratory equipment.
Structural analysis was performed using RAM Structural System and RISA 3D computer modeling.