IMEG’s design of the University of Pikeville Health Professions Education Building has won a Grand Award in the Engineering Excellence competition of the Missouri Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Principal Steve Rhoades and Project Executive Jim Kappeler accepted the award at the ACEC Missouri Awards Banquet Feb. 10.
IMEG provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design, as well as commissioning services, for the new, $41 million, 100,000-square-foot building in downtown Pikeville, Ken. The facility is the home of the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing and the new Kentucky College of Optometry, the first optometry program in the state. The seven-story building opened in February 2017 and includes active-learning classrooms, lecture halls, nursing and optometry labs, other health-related professional degree spaces, university support functions, and a food court with a convenience store. A top-floor, multi-use pavilion and balcony for university and community events provides a signature space with commanding views of the Appalachian Mountains.
The building’s siting (on a steep hillside with a nearly 45-degree slope) and architecture presented several challenges for the engineers. The designers solved these challenges while also meeting the recently adopted increased requirements of 2012 IECC – making the building one of the most efficient in the region.