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LEED™ Lab Buildings: Integrating New Workplace Strategies

Jay Shoemaker, AIA, Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffmann Architects

The laboratory is the central and defining feature of wet or dry research buildings. Their design, including all associated engineering systems and material choices, has a significant influence on the energy efficiency and environmental performance. However, from a "whole building" perspective other aspects of the building's design can also be substantial contributors. Given that a considerable portion of each week day is spent on the job this presentation will look at new thinking in the design of the research environments intended to improve workplace efficiency and quality of experience. (In some instances an investigation of efficiency, specifically process and flow, has lead to a reduction is the size of the labs, hence, a reduction in area requiring once-thru air.) Examples will be shown of institutional, academic and corporate projects where improvements in process, flow, natural light, views, material choices, acoustics, etc. were embraced as meaningful and economical tools to improve quality and efficiency.


Design can have a significant influence on people and the work they do. Though difficult to measure, we have post occupancy and anecdotal evidence from project completed and under construction that considering what people do, how they relate, how they really use space and what the space needs for provide, either as tools or quality of environment, does have an impact on efficiency and productivity both of research and facilities operations. Research facility solutions that meet these criteria align with fundaments of green architecture and engineering.

Labs21 Connection:

The approach, similar to my presentation at the Labs21 2003 Annual Conference in Denver, will be based on project experience with lab projects. In particular, the presentation addresses Human Factors, such as, "Enabling better coordination between scientific staff and facility operators and show improvements in user performance and satisfaction."


Jay Shoemaker, AIA, is a Principal at Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffmann, Architects Ltd., Philadelphia where he serves as the Director of Science and Technology Group which does 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 US and UK. Currently he is responsible for the design of a Gold level research building. 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 LEED™ accredited.


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