Metropolitan State University Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
664 E. 6th Street St. Paul, MN 55106
Metropolitan State University Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
New Construction | 2016

The new 3-story, 68,000-square-foot Jason R. Carter Science Education Center at Metropolitan State University provides space to educate Minnesota’s future STEM workforce while demonstrating how a facility can be a net-positive addition to the community, organization, and environment. The building provides on-site learning opportunities for students through photo-voltaic panels with a dashboard for monitoring energy production, landscaping that demonstrates micro-ecosystems and native plants, a geology rock walk, and instrumentation to track water use and waste-water production. 

Extensive daylighting studies informed many of the lighting and mechanical strategies, such as widening window openings and raising window head heights, providing manual and motorized window shades, installing daylight sensors with automatic dimming, and selecting light fixtures with good color rendition and low-glare lenses. Indoor environmental quality is also supported through mechanical systems that improve air distribution and ensure adequate ventilation rates while minimizing drafts and noise. Results from a recent post-occupancy survey revealed that students were satisfied with all surveyed aspects of their classroom environment, with the highest scores allocated to daylighting, thermal, and acoustic conditions – categories that are often ranked poorly in occupant surveys.

This project was a finalist for the 2017 Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality - Classrooms Award.


Project Details
LocationSt. Paul, MN
Construction TypeNew Construction
Building TypeLaboratory, Classroom
OrganizationMinnesota State Colleges and Universities
OwnerMetropolitan State University
Building Area57,469 sf
Vegetated Area0.414 acres
Number Of Stories3
Year of Occupancy2016

Design Team
Mechanical EngineerLKPB Engineers
Structural EngineerEricksen Roed & Associates
Civil EngineerEVS, Inc.
ContractorM.A. Mortenson Company

Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

<< Back to Case Studies Home

 B3 HomeB3 Home


 SB 2030 Energy StandardSB 2030 Energy Standard


 Energy Efficient OperationsEnergy Efficient Operations

 Post Occupancy EvaluationPost Occupancy Evaluation


Project Team

Case Studies Database

Admin Login

B3 Case Studies v4.2.0.4054