RTM provided MEP engineering design services for the renovation of approximately 125,000 square feet of space within Kansas City University’s Joplin Campus in Joplin, Missouri. The university is currently the second leading producer of physicians for Missouri and Kansas and the 12th largest medical school in the United States. In order to help address the rural healthcare needs of Missouri and surrounding region, KCU created a second campus which has the capacity to welcome 150 additional students per year to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.
The entire campus is housed within a 152,000-square-foot building, constructed as a temporary facility after Mercy Hospital Joplin was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. This project consisted of renovating the building’s first floor to include active learning classrooms, simulation education spaces, clinical skills education spaces, a gross anatomy lab, an OMM skills lab, student lounge and library, dining, open study areas, administrative and faculty offices, and gathering spaces for students and faculty. Classrooms will range from 12 persons to 200 persons in size, including a large, tiered lecture hall that will also function as a storm shelter.
RTM was able to reuse a good amount of the existing rooftop equipment, but added on a Daikin variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system for additional space temperature control. Three dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) units were added for ventilation and building pressurization. Additional rooftop units with energy recovery wheels for utilized for the building add-ons, and a new central plant for heating and chilled water was used for the AHU serving the Gross Anatomy Lab. RTM also designed the use of low flow fixtures for the facilities plumbing, and was able to reuse the existing hot water heaters.
On the electrical side, RTM recommissioned the emergency generator and reused the existing electrical service for the building. All new LED lighting was designed to be used throughout the entire facility.