Architects Announced for New St. Edward’s University Facilities and Renovations

Two exciting additions to the St. Edward’s University campus are slated to begin construction in 2012 — the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center–South, and the new Library and Learning Commons. The university also has renovation projects scheduled to begin in Summer 2013, which include the Alumni Gym, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Mang House and the installation of a meditation garden.

St. Edward's selected architecture and design firms that bring distinctive strengths and expertise to the challenges of each project.

Moore Ruble Yudell and STG Design will design the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center–South, with construction beginning in April 2012.

The 56,000-square-foot South Building, which will house the Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and general science education programs, will complete the university’s natural sciences complex and provide opportunities for all students to increase mathematic and scientific literacy.

Moore Ruble Yudell from Santa Monica, Calif., will serve as the design architects on the project, with STG Design of Austin serving as the executive architects. Both groups have more than 30 years of practice.

Moore Ruble Yudell has earned an international reputation for excellence in design based on an unwavering commitment to humanistic principles and thoughtful design for an extraordinary range of projects and places. The desire to create meaningful, memorable and sustainable places, inspired by climatic and cultural understandings, has guided the firm’s work at all scales from private residences and multi-family housing, to academic and civic buildings, to campus and community planning.

The firm’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and recognized through over 200 awards for design excellence. In 2006, Moore Ruble Yudell received the Architecture Firm Award, the highest recognition the National American Institute of Architects can bestow.

STG Design is one of the nation’s leading firms committed to multidiscipline design and takes an integrated approach to architecture, interior design and planning. The firm has considerable depth of experience in providing successful planning and design solutions through local expertise complemented by a global perspective. STG Design incorporates environmental principles throughout all of its services. The firm’s work reflects its belief that sustainable design is fundamental to responsible design.

Sasaki Associates will design the university’s new Munday Library and Learning Commons, with construction beginning in October 2012.

The library will incorporate technology and innovative design to connect students to information resources around the world, as well as reflect 21st century research, learning and teaching practices. Along with the construction of the new Library and Learning Commons, the existing Scarborough-Phillips Library, built in 1981, will be renovated.

Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED® AP, a principal of Sasaki Associates in Boston, has more than 20 years of experience working with colleges and universities in the design of libraries and learning environments. His work is characterized by an inclusive, collaborative process with a strong emphasis on creating designs that connect to the environment. His recent and current projects include the Hans W. Klohn Commons at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, Khalifa University of Science & Technology at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the iLOFT Classroom Building at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.

Bryan’s work has been recognized for design excellence by the American Institute of Architects, and his design for the Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University was named “Best of the Best in Higher Education Buildings for 2008.”

Pollen Architecture & Design will plan the renovations of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel and replacement of Mang House, complete with an All-Faiths Meditation Garden.

Built in 1897 and originally called the Exhibition Hall, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel has served many functions over the past century, including periods as a workshop, armory, auditorium and theater. It was converted to a chapel in 1948 and renamed Our Lady Queen of Peace in the 1980s.

Mang House, built in 1970, is home to the offices of Campus Ministry and is located adjacent to the chapel. Renovations include a contemplative garden installed between the two structures.

Pollen Architecture & Design in Austin is founded by three principals with backgrounds in art, architecture, building technology, design-build and education. Pollen’s collaborative approach integrates these skill sets into the creation of projects that are experientially rich and genuinely sustainable. Their interdisciplinary design process incorporates digital tools, rigorous research and development of new materials, and careful attention to craft, resulting in projects that are a pleasure to inhabit, well-built, inventive and effective in terms of both energy use and budget.

Sasaki Associates (Library) has also been the university's landscape master planner. Pollen Architecture & Design (Chapel) is new to St. Edward’s University. Moore Ruble Yudell and STG Design also designed the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–North.

Architects for the renovation of the Alumni Gym will be announced at a later date.