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Designing the Christopher Klaus Advanced Computing Building to meet LEED™ Standards

Kimberly Polkinhorn and Richard Price, Perkins & Will


Research and development and computer intensive laboratories consume far more energy that the average building type. 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. Perkins & Will has been leading the charge in the greening the energy excessive laboratory building type. This presentation will focus on the Christopher Klaus Advanced Computing Facility as a Design Case Study for Sustainable Design to meet LEED™ certification standards.

The relationship between the owners need for control of first cost, desire to have a LEED™ 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 and the quality of the indoor environment. 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 Computer Intensive Facilities
  • The Mechanical and Electrical Considerations for Green Laboratories


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