UMKC College of Engineering
HOK, in a design/build teaming effort, designed this four-story addition to support engineering programs at UMKC. Designed to put engineering on display, and create a strong campus connection point for students, the facility will house laboratories, high-bay lab, maker space, visualization lab and a computing showcase.
CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY| LOCATION: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Designed to put engineering on display, and create a strong campus connection point for students, the facility will house laboratories, high-bay lab, maker space, visualization lab and a computing showcase.
The design establishes a super block of lab space that can be divided as necessary. Pulling the structural engineering high bay lab out from the main building allowed for planning efficiency, making the highest and best use of the site and providing maximum future flexibility.
PROJECT SIZE: 58,000 SF
Cost: $18 Million
Programming, Concept Design, Laboratory Programming/Planning/Design
To showcase engineering, the projects lab was put on the first floor behind a large window along Rock Hill Road, a major circulation path through campus. This level also provides space to put science and engineering on display, accommodating rolling display units for student poster sessions and presentations.
Maker space that can be accessed by all students and members of the community is located on the 2nd floor, along with a computing showcase and visualization lab. The 3rd floor houses active learning classrooms and team-based learning space for the Mechanical Engineering program, as well as a “big data” room.
UMKC is a strong advocate for hands-on learning and providing real-world educational opportunities, so they sought to provide student access to MEP and structural engineering systems for in-depth study. The roof will house a renewable energy platform as a test bed for renewable energy programs; one of many features that makes the building a living lab for engineering and computer sciences.