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Sustainable Design Features in Research Facilities

Robert E. Barr, Thomas E. Goulden, George Hellmuth, Stuart Lewis, and Rohit Saxena, HOK

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One of the HOK's core values has been its commitment to putting into practice new ideas for sustainability. HOK's Science + Technology group has been very successful at the integration of sustainable design principles in laboratory design projects. The approach to sustainability takes into account some of the simple strategies that can be adapted very easily on laboratory projects to provide long term benefits to the project, environment and the occupants.

HOK's commitment to sustainability has resulted in having the highest numbers of LEED™ accredited professionals of any design firm in the US. Sustainability is incorporated in most of HOK's projects whether or not LEED™ certification is sought by the client. Our objective with this poster session is to highlight two projects that were built using key elements of our integrated sustainable design approach and awarded LEED™ Silver Certification.


We hope to outline the few simple strategies that resulted in enhanced performance of the labs. Labs being inherently big users of energy a great deal of focus during the design was in selecting systems with the best life cycle costs and integrating wise planning in the laboratories that allow greater flexibility and improved environment for the users. By providing daylighting in all occupied spaces, and choosing materials to improve the indoor air quality and the use of personal environmental controls, the lab design can enhance productivity without major impact to the project budget.

Labs21 Connection:

Our goal is to make every HOK design environmentally sensitive, continually building on our experience and advancing design methods and technology to improve the practice of design as a whole. In so doing, we are to playing a major role in the shaping of the design and construction industry for the good of future generations.


Robert E. Barr, AIA, has served as Chief Administrative Officer for the HOK Washington, DC office since 1983 and has been associated with HOK since 1963. During this time, he has gained experience in all phases of the architectural process, including design, production, construction services, and interior architecture. He has participated in a wide variety of architectural projects. Mr. Barr is an especially talented executive whose leadership was critical to the success of many award winning HOK projects.

Thomas E. Goulden, AIA, is a Vice President and Project Manager with HOK's Science + Technology Group. Mr. Goulden's diverse professional experience includes research and development facilities, high performance office buildings, and educational facilities. As a senior project manager, he is responsible for project coordination and schedules, program development, contract documents and team leadership.

George Hellmuth, AIA, is a Senior Principal in the HOK Washington, DC office and one of the leaders of the HOK Science + Technology Group. He is responsible for the commitment of resources to project teams and has an outstanding reputation for leadership and management of large scale technical and operations facilities.

Rohit Saxena, AIA, is an officer with Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK) and brings over 19 years of experience in planning and managing technically oriented projects with special emphasis on research and educational projects. The majority of his experience has been involved in projects on university campuses in the south east. He most recently served as a project manager for the Whitehead Biomedical Building at Emory University, Atlanta that was awarded United States Green Building Council (USGBC's) LEED™ Silver certification in 2001. He is a LEED™ accredited professional and is actively involved in sustainable issues for HOK and their clients.

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