The University of St. Thomas broke ground in May of 2022 on the $110 million Schoenecker Center in St. Paul, Minn. Accommodating STEAM programs in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, the 130,000-sf facility will provide classrooms, studios, collaboration areas, and labs for biology, chemistry, physics, robotics, and engineering. Offering five levels of modular, multipurpose spaces, the flexible structure will include an emerging media newsroom, performance and rehearsal venues, faculty offices, and research centers in artificial intelligence, data science, and water justice. A high-bay lab will accommodate large-scale experiments, demonstration projects, and design competitions. The open and transparent building will feature a soaring central atrium where students and faculty can connect across departmental boundaries to explore interdisciplinary synergies.
Designed by RAMSA in association with BWBR Architects, the highly sustainable facility is targeting LEED Gold v4 certification. McGough Construction is the design-build contractor for the project, which is slated for occupancy in 2024.