New Academic Hall

Gustavus Adolphus College Beck Academic Center

LKPB Engineers, an IMEG company, provided engineering and design services for Gustavus Adolphus College’s new Beck Academic Hall. The three-story, 126,000-sf building houses five departments and provides more space and technology for specialized classrooms, tiered lecture halls and computer classrooms, and laboratory space. The facility also houses studios for the university’s television and radio productions.


Engineers provided MEP design for the $22 million, LEED Platinum-certified building. A three-story atrium required a specialized smoke evacuation system that includes five exhaust fans and one intake fan. The sustainable design included solar thermal hot water and infrastructure for future PV panels. Natural daylighting, a white roof, and designated parking for fuel-efficient cars was also included. The facility is projected to use 44 percent less energy because of its green design elements, and it exceeds the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 targets.


Additionally, the lighting system is designed to use 25 percent less energy than the State Energy Code. The lights are controlled by a state-of-the-art digital lighting control system, with the ability to monitor the status and use of the lights. Occupancy and daylight sensors were installed, with daylight sensors dimming the lights at the perimeter of the building when daylight is present. Interior emergency egress/night lights are controlled by occupancy sensors during the overnight hours to provide additional energy savings.


The project was named on the Finance & Commerce Top Projects List in 2011.






St. Peter, MN



126,000 SF


Services Provided

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing