Schoenecker Center - STEAM Complex
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
The south campus at the University of St. Thomas is home to a new state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) complex on Summit Avenue that adjoins the O'Shaughnessy Science Hall. Project completion and Owner occupancy in January 2024 allowed classes to commence spring semester 2024.
Former University President Julie Sullivan stated, "The STEAM complex will meet critical university, societal and community needs, including increasing diversity in STEAM fields and promoting sustainability." Programs offered in the new building include civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering; art history, emerging media and music; and biology, chemistry, physics, and earth, environment and society.
Having this quantity and variety of disciplines in one building requires the building spaces and programming to be flexible and collaborative. It is comprised of lab spaces for biology, chemistry, physics and robotics; two-story engineering high-bay, music rehearsal and performance spaces, emerging media newsroom and studios, art gallery, café/c-store, four-story multipurpose atrium and community spaces.
The project also includes a new central utility plant (CUP) for the south campus in the lower level of Schoenecker Center. This mechanical infrastructure space will serve the University now and long-term. There was also some renovation in nearby existing buildings: O'Shaughnessy Science Hall (OSS), the Facilities Design Center (FDC), and Owens Science Hall (OWS).
The team of BWBR and RAMSA are the project architects and McGough Construction is the design-build contractor. The building was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.