The Missouri University of Science & Technology hired Hastings+Chivetta, in association with Hammel Green and Abrahamson, to develop a building program and design for the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Building, a space that had remained essentially unchanged for more than 40 years. The university’s program asked to triple the size of the facility, adding greater classroom, laboratory, office and support space.
Hastings+Chivetta took careful consideration to create spaces for the unique aspects of civil engineering, including labs which accommodate concrete mixers, asphalt ovens and wave-generating tanks, as well as the space-demanding and visually prominent high-bay structures testing room. In order to ensure the original space would be operational during construction, the design team wrapped the new 100,000 SF addition around the 43,000 SF old building, which was also renovated as part of the university’s plan.
Exposed steel girders and electrical elements evoke the look and feel of materials commonly used by civil and structural engineers. A three-story atrium serves as an entry from two directions, running the full length of the building. Classrooms, offices, and labs open onto the atrium, forming an interior courtyard that becomes a social and educational space.