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LEED™ and the Lab: A Case Study

Jay Shoemaker, Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffman, Ltd.


Roswell Park Cancer Institute and The New York Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics are jointly building a 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility. The case study will demonstrate: 1) how LEED™ was applied to a research building and 2) lessons from the design that are applicable to new pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities.


  1. A brief systematic description of how the design of a lab meets current LEED™ requirements
  2. A brief description of LEED™ innovations
  3. A brief outline of concepts in and approaches to lab/bioinformatic facility design

Labs21 Connection:

Multiple drivers are converging on the design of research facilities. One the one hand, architects are being challenged to make the research environment as safe and as conducive as possible to excellence in research; on the other hand, there are the critical sustainability issues central to Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) and the USGBC's LEED™ program. Surrounding of all this is the client's demand to minimize cost and maximize benefit. The presentation will touch on such Labs21 issues as minimizing the impact to the environment, optimizing whole building modeling intent on improving building efficiency, and sharing ideas on how to track and improve beneficial performance.


Jay Shoemaker is a Principal at Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffmann, Architects Ltd , Philadelphia, where he serves as the Director of Science and Technology Group which manages projects for academic, institutional, and pharmaceutical/biotechnology clients. His primary responsibility is in laboratory planning, programming, and design. He is currently working on several university projects and has led strategic facilities planning initiatives and lab projects for Biogen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Pfizer in the U.S. and UK. Mr. Shoemaker has a Masters from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Architecture and Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a LEED™ certified professional.

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