The Standard at Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina
Clayco completed construction on the 150,875-square-foot Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall at Washington University. The building is home to the School of Engineering’s Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE) and provides space for the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability (I-CARES). It also serves the university’s highly successful Department of Biomedical Engineering. Among its many specialized instructional laboratories and teaching facilities is a cutting-edge 86-seat distance education classroom, connecting classrooms across the globe. Additionally, the building contains administration/collaboration space, academic offices, wet and dry research labs, classrooms, and a shipping/receiving dock with street access to Forest Park Parkway.
Brauer Hall is situated between Uncas A. Whitaker Hall to the west and Preston M. Green Hall to the east. The buildings are connected seamlessly on all three levels. This unity and continuity of Collegiate Gothic style throughout the engineering complex harkens back to the original buildings that form Brookings Quadrangle on the Washington University campus.
To meet LEED Gold standards, a roof-mounted turbine and solar panels were installed to generate a portion of the building’s energy, and local and regional materials were used to maximize environmental stewardship. Other sustainable design features include a thermally efficient exterior envelope, a high albedo roof to reduce heat-island effect, high-efficiency air-handling systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, storm water recycling for use in irrigation, and recycling/salvaging at least 75 percent of non-hazardous construction waste.