Berea College Margaret A Cargill Natural & Health Sciences Building

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building - Berea College

Berea, KY


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: Ballinger
  • Mechanical Engineer: Ballinger
  • Structural Engineer: Ballinger
  • Civil Engineer: S&ME


This five-story science building includes 134,703 sf of offices, lab spaces and a planetarium. An interior, four-story high curtainwall system wraps the center section of the building with open atrium viewing at each end.



  • The building has a heating/cooling system that includes chilled beams, which are not common to this region due to potential for condensation issues.
  • It was crucial to ensure the building envelope was tight and Building Automation System (BAS) commissioned.
  • The construction team included logistical coordination and installation of wood panels created by Berea Student Crafts. These panels were created using locally harvested wood from Berea College's forests and were included throughout the building as a major feature detail.
  • LEED Gold certification.

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