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Guest House, St. John’s University | Collegeville, MN | VJAA

Project Details

Location:  Collegeville, Minnesota
Square Footage:  28,000
Total Cost:  $6,600,000
Completed:  2008

Project Description

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