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LCDI Lab Renovation Project Earns Best Practice Award

January 12, 2009

Forest Park Science Lab renovation  
Science lab renovations completed
through the Lewis and Clark Discovery
Initiative earned a Best Practice Award
from the St. Louis Council of Construction

A St. Louis Community College project recently earned an award for best practices in the construction industry from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.


St. Louis Community College joined with S. M. Wilson, Christner and HERA Inc. to win a Best Practices Award for districtwide renovations to science labs through the Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative. Using design effectiveness and pre-project planning, the team renovated 22,700 square feet of laboratories on three of the college’s four locations. The project was completed on time with zero lost work days due to injuries and was $720,000 under budget.


LCDI is a partnership between the state of Missouri and the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), authorized through legislation and lawmaker support. It reinvests a state asset to generate more than $350 million for capital improvement projects at Missouri higher education institutions.


STLCC received approximately $4.05 million through the LCDI, and used the funds to enhance, modernize and standardize selected biology and chemistry labs at the Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. These labs had not had extensive renovations since the campuses were constructed in the 1960s. Some 6,700 students annually enroll for courses that require use of these science labs.


Renovations included new finishes for walls, floors and ceilings in the labs; new casework, counters and storage cabinets; whiteboards, projects screens and audio/visual additions. All associated mechanical, plumbing and electrical updates were addressed, including new fume hoods, sinks, gas and electrical outlets.  


The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) is an organization representing owners who are major buyers of construction in the St. Louis region. SLCCC provides leadership to improve cost and quality in delivery of capital facilities and maintenance by the St. Louis design and construction industry.