Webster University Interdisciplinary Science Building
The Interdisciplinary Science Building on the campus of Webster University will house the departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Biological Sciences, International Language and Cultures, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing, Psychology and the Institute of Human Rights. This 85,000 SF facility will add 25 laboratory classrooms, four dedicated classrooms, a dual computation laboratory/classroom, 71 faculty and staff offices, and a 129-seat auditorium. Common areas will be provided throughout the building for students and faculty to collaborate and hold study sessions.
David Mason + Associates (DMA) provided structural engineering services for this project. Our design work included the structural design of the three-story building comprised of two composite framed floors, steel bar joist and beam roof framing, and steel columns. Due to the presence of adjacent structures, some of which were historic, special considerations were taken when designing the building foundation. Our services included drawing production using BIM software, generation of technical specifications, cost estimating, and value engineering. The Project is currently under construction and we are reviewing shop drawings and Contractor submittals.
DMA also provided civil engineering services for the project. Site development tasks included site demolition; utility distribution and new services; access and circulation including modifications to municipal roadways; grading and drainage design. Our storm water management plans required the integration of the project into the overall campus watershed plan, and coordination for approvals from local regulatory authorities.
This project exemplifies Webster University’s commitment to their Sustainability Mission. The innovative facility features a green roof, energy efficient HVAC systems, and sustainable strategies for site work including permeable paving, bio-swales, and rain gardens. The project is pursuing LEED Gold Certification.