Emerson Automation Solutions
St. Louis, MO
Size: 100,000 SF
The Professional Engineering Center (PEC) is a unit within Emerson Process Management that designs and manufactures control modules for industrial processes and other prototypical electronic processing units. These modules are made in varying widths, but are typically the size of a shipping container or larger. Some of the modules can be over 100’ long. The steel frames are fabricated within their 100,000 SF assembly space, and are fitted with electronic components and witness tested at the facility. These modules are typically designed to function within the blast zones of a factory, and as such are designed to be remotely controlled. They are shipped worldwide from this location on Emerson’s corporate campus.
This facility contains 50,000 SF of offices, the majority of which are design engineers. The offices are a steel frame/curtain wall structure that joins with a concrete tilt wall assembly structure. Within the assembly block is an area called “staging”, where clients can come for anywhere from a few days to weeks for witness testing and training.
To integrate with Emerson’s campus, the office building has large areas of glass surrounded by green space. The long walls of the assembly block are compose of tilt wall panels painted in a horizontal, random pattern of bars, reminiscent of a bar code or OCR code. It transitions from dark to light, lessening the overall mass of the building on the site.