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Designed in the collegiate Gothic style typical of other campus facilities, the Uncas A. Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering building is located on the campus of one of the top universities in the country. The 114,000-square-foot structure successfully conveys the seriousness and timelessness of this world-class university’s rich architectural history while also standing as one of the nation’s most advanced biomedical engineering facilities.
Constructed of reinforced concrete with granite and limestone exterior, the building features about 1,200 tons of masonry materials composed of the campus’ standard Missouri red granite and carved limestone combination. The biomedical engineering building features several gothic elements, including arches and buttresses. Located on the west side, the main entrance consists of a massive limestone arch carved with the university’s initials. Above the arch, two six-paned windows are set in limestone below a limestone panel carved with the building’s namesake. Limestone buttresses with granite quoins and limestone finials frame the main arch and are echoed between three limestone arches on the south side of the building. Although the materials were predetermined by the university’s standard design, the masonry contractor was able to keep costs down through the use of a local fabricator.
Fall 2006 Masony Institute of St. Louis Excellence in Masonry Award - "Excellence in Craftsmanship"