University of Missouri—Columbia, Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building

Columbia, Missouri

  • FIRM

    HOK

  • CLIENT

    University of Missouri

  • AREA

    105,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $19,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/1998

The College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri—Columbia has begun a comprehensive effort to upgrade its facilities and prepare for the next century. A new building for the School of Natural Resources was an initial step. The facility is designed to meet the needs of forestry, fisheries, wildlife, soil science and recreation, as well as be the regional research ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY850COST PER SQ FT$180.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio of the U.S. Forest Service.

The building is organized vertically to provide access and security as appropriate for the diverse program elements. The first floor houses public, teaching and administrative spaces. This level encourages interaction between the groups sharing the space. Faculty offices and some labs are located on the second floor. The majority of the labs are on the third floor, thus generating the least amount of traffic for these more sensitive areas.

Connecting stairs and informal seating areas foster interaction between faculty and students.

Daylighting, with light shelves and optical sensors, makes it possible to use much of the building without resorting to electric lights, embodying the school’s commitment to environmental education and sustainable development. The Natural Resources Building is constructed of precast concrete in harmony with the surrounding limestone structures, and is connected to the existing agriculture building with a display gallery and 500-seat auditorium. The new and existing buildings form a gracious courtyard, containing the Woodland and Floral Garden, a traditional element within the college.

Photographer: ©Alise O`Brien