KJWW Engineering Consultants of St. Louis has received a Grand Award from the Missouri Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for quality engineering achievement in its design of the William H. Danforth Wing, a $35 million, 80,000-square-foot research building addition to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC).
Mike Lawless, KJWW’s client executive and manager on the project, accepted the award at the ACEC Missouri 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet Feb. 4 in Chesterfield, Mo. Kevin Reilly, DDPSC plant growth facility manager, accepted the award on behalf of the facility.
KJWW provided mechanical, electrical, fire protection and technology design, as well as energy modeling and construction administration for the wing, which was designed by Christner Inc. The addition provides needed updates for the DDPSC, which was founded in 1998 and is the world’s largest independent nonprofit research institute focused on plant science.
The new wing opened in early 2016, providing researchers with a state-of-the-art, flexible and energy-efficient environment that can stay up to date with how science is done, fill in gaps in research efforts, and encourage interaction between scientists. It accommodates research teams and new technology facilities supporting robotics, bioinformatics, and group approaches to research. The building is seeking LEED Gold certification and its design is modeled to use 30 percent less energy than a baseline-code-compliant facility.
KJWW, located at 15 Sunnen Drive in St. Louis, is a division of IMEG Corp. The firm specializes in high-performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services in all markets.