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Designing CDC Chemical Bio-Terrorism Labs to Meet LEED™ Standards

Daniel Watch, AIA, and Richard Price, AIA, Perkins & Will


Few facility types consume more energy than a research and development laboratory. Green laboratory design is an integrated design approach to proactively reduce the energy consumption and improve the environmental conditions within the facility. A by-product of green laboratory design will be a facility capable of successfully "competing" in a rapidly inflating energy cost scenario.

Daniel and Richard worked together to design the new laboratory space for the CDC on their Chamblee, Georgia campus. They have been leading the charge in the greening of this energy excessive building type. This presentation will discuss the relationship between the owners need for control of first cost, desire to have a LEEDTM certified facility, the facility managers need to control safety and operating cost, and the designers responsibility for health safety and welfare. All of these decisions must be managed to balance the needs against the return on investment. Results from the DOE2 study will be discussed. There are some very unique design solutions that were generated to support environmental issues that improved the quality of the overall design. Attendees will learn the pros/cons as well the reality of making educated green laboratory decisions. They will discuss the definition of green laboratories and explain why this one particular building type has so much opportunity to impact the environment.

Key Issues:

  • How to Manage the Green Laboratory Process
  • The Architectural Considerations for Green Laboratories
  • The Mechanical and Electrical Considerations for Green Laboratories
  • Use of Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) as a Financing Tool


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