Indeed, the building itself was a science experiment in human survival. "It was totally out of control," commented John Blaha, sales representative at Control Service Company, a firm headquartered in Independence, MO. "Cold spots measured as low as 63°F in the summer, and in the winter, students came to classes with blankets. The center's original HVAC system included constant volume air handling to exhaust fumes from the chemistry labs. We found blown fuses and defective reheat coils. By running outside air 24/7, it cost as much to operate that building as all the other academic buildings on campus combined."
Control Service's work for the university evolved from its relationship with the affiliated Rockhurst High School. The project began in early 2003.