Location: Collegeville, Minnesota
Square Footage: 28,000
Total Cost: $6,600,000
engineering design initiative was commissioned to design the mechanical, electrical, lighting, and audio/visual systems for a new guesthouse on the campus of St. John’s University. The project combines conference and meeting areas, a library, a meditation chapel, dining facilities, and administrative offices with thirty guest rooms. The building was designed with ultra-quiet mechanical systems and simple electrical lighting systems that complimented the minimalistic architecture of the building. The guesthouse has gained a regional reputation for providing a quiet, contemplative setting for meditation, prayer and spiritual healing.
This facility received multiple awards including National and State of Minnesota AIA Housing Award.
Following is a summary of systems:
- Convective heating and cooling in guestrooms to provide ultra-quiet environment with no moving mechanical components.
- Energy recovery of exhaust air
- Campus steam heating
- Campus chilled water for cooling
- High efficiency lighting
- Lighting control system
- High efficiency motors with variable frequency drives.
- Expansion of campus electrical distribution to serve facility
- Building Automation Controls
- Occupancy sensor control throughout for lighting and mechanical control
- Full-cut-off optics on exterior lighting to reduce light pollution
- Voice/Data communications cabling
- Life Safety fire alarm and emergency lighting design