Last week St. Louis Community College broke ground on its new Advanced Manufacturing Center on its Florissant Valley Campus. The new educational building is set to transform the Florissant Valley Campus by creating a place for students to learn and innovate in manufacturing, technology, and technical trades.
The new building includes a variety of green infrastructure which will also help instill pride in the University and The Program. Research proves that green infrastructure works: these systems are shown to be more cost-effective than outmoded models of grey infrastructure, and also provide far more benefits for both people and the environment.
The 95,000 sq ft building is nestled on the site to allow for a flush eastern gathering plaza welcoming students into the 3-story atrium, access to the south side welding dock, and a stepped footprint to allow for western and southern green roof terraces.
These terraces provide much more than an extension of classroom and gathering space. The green roofs also provide longer roof lifespan, greater sound insulation, reduced heating and cooling system needs, and a cutback in stormwater runoff. Green roofs also decrease carbon dioxide and increase oxygen in cities, making them cooler in the process and reversing the so-called “urban heat island effect.” While some see the roof garden as a visual statement using plants, geometric lines, and sculptural elements, DG2 Design believes the concerns for sustainability should equal visual appeal.
Excited to see this one through construction with Navigate on board as construction manager.