Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall

Kansas City, MO

Project Details


University of Missouri Kansas City

General Contractor

Clayco Construction


  • Residential


82,000 SQ FT

Johnson Hall is a LEED-certified residence hall at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. With space for 329 students, the building features two wings of semi-suite, double- and single-occupancy rooms connected via a glass-encased corridor. Inside you’ll find private study rooms, community kitchens and social/entertainment lounges on each floor.

This four-story building’s mechanical system incorporates dedicated outdoor air systems [DOAS] for continuous ventilation, coupled with energy recovery wheels to utilize the large amount of exhaust to reduce the load on the HVAC system. The project earned three LEED points for optimized energy performance.

Eighty-eight (88) individual dormitories and building utility spaces are heated and cooled with closed loop water source heat pumps utilizing plate and frame heat exchangers. Heat rejection is achieved via variable speed fans on a dual cell cooling tower. Heat is added to the system with 84-percent efficient hot water boilers. A campus-wide Honeywell building automation system monitors and controls the central plant.

The project interior build-out was completed in just three months, an astonishing construction schedule. Inclement weather and unexpected site conditions put the project nearly three months behind, yet the students were able to move in at the start of the fall semester as originally scheduled.