Missouri State University Christopher S. Bond Learning Center

Missouri State University Christopher S. Bond Learning Center

The Learning Center expansion of the Darr Agricultural Center (DAC) is the third and final phase that The Clark Enersen Partners have designed and completed on the DAC’s 90 acre campus in Springfield, MO. The newly constructed 27,331 SF Learning Center serves as the new “front door” of the center and represents the most significant portion of Phase III construction and a benchmark for sustainability for future campus projects.

The new building includes classroom, lecture hall, laboratory, conference and banquet hall spaces.  The new facility received LEED Silver certification. During design, several energy and water efficiency measures were evaluated by developing an energy model with a final design solution showing an annual energy savings of 36.37% ($10,179) over a baseline building outlined in Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1-2007.  A water-source heat pump system was the predominant mechanical system used in the building.  This included (15) water to air and (3) water to water heat pumps connected to a 80 ton geothermal well field for chilled and heating water.  The mechanical system also includes an enthalpy wheel to precondition outside air, reducing the ventilation load on the heat pumps.  Several other measures were incorporated into the design plans including an improved thermal envelope, occupancy-based lighting and thermal controls, the use of natural light where possible, low flow plumbing fixtures, and a storm water filter system used to treat runoff before it reaches the area streams.  This final phase of the DAC greatly expands the University’s ability to address research and educational issues facing agricultural industry challenges in supporting an increasingly urban society.