Parks College of Engineering and Aviation
Punit Jain, Cannon
Oliver Parks founded Parks College, the first federally certified
school of aviation in the United States, in 1927, just two months
after Charles Lindbergh's historic flight. In 1946, he gave Parks
College to St. Louis University to ensure a broader, more academic
education for future aviation leaders. In fall of 1997 the college
moved into a new two-building complex that consolidated aviation
science, maintenance, management, and aerospace, avionics, computer,
mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering curriculum on
Saint Louis University's main campus.
Organized around a soaring central lobby and interaction space,
the new, 87,000 sq ft building houses teaching and research laboratories,
computer facilities, an industry incubator facility, classrooms
and offices. The main floor and balcony offers views into computer
classrooms, a state-of-the-art engineering flight simulator lab,
the Dean's suite, and radar exhibits. The central circulation spine
leading from this lobby is enlivened with balconies and skylights,
punctuated with interaction spaces and office suites, and features
views into the campus mall and interior laboratories.
An existing 11,000 sq ft central utilities plant building is creatively
renovated as an aerodynamics lab that includes three wind tunnel
and water tunnel installations for supersonic modeling and testing,
and aero structures and mechanical engineering laboratories.
Research opportunities for advanced materials investigation, biotechnology,
and human brain-machine interfaces are located throughout the facilities.
Along with the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Building, this
science and technology complex creates a dynamic, exciting, and
attractive identity for a previously undistinguished northeast
corner of Saint Louis University's main campus and Parks College.
Punit Jain received his Bachelor of
Architecture from the University of Roorkee in India. He also holds
a Master of Architecture degree and a Masters in Construction Management
from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. With over ten
years of experience in the practice of architecture, Mr. Jain is
currently employed as a Senior Associate with Cannon Design, an
international architectural, engineering and interior design firm.
As a lead member of the team dedicated to researching technological
and industry innovation in the field of science and research buildings,
he is involved in the design, research and planning of complex
He is currently working on the master planning study for a new
$70 million Biomedical Research building at Saint Louis University,
The Kinesiology Research Center at University of Calgary, and the
Biomedical Research Development Complex Project at IIT Chicago.
His other project experience includes the New Mexico Highlands
University Science and Technology Building in Las Vegas, NM; the
Advanced Technology Center at Florida Community College at Jacksonville,
FL; the University of Kentucky Health Sciences Medical Research
Building in Lexington, KY; and the Master Plan and implementation
of the renovation of teaching and research laboratories at the
University of Missouri in St. Louis, MO.
A Rotary Foundation Scholar and winner of honor awards from the
National Institute of Architectural Education, New York and the
American Institute of Architects, he is an active member of the
St. Louis chapter of USGBC. Mr. Jain also teaches a college course
in computer graphic applications and has been instrumental in developing
Cannon Design's computer-based systems for laboratory and healthcare