The Challenges of Sustainable Laboratory Design/Construction
Using a Nontraditional Delivery Method
Fast-track Design and Construction on a University
Ed Cordes, AIA, Perkins+Will
Kevin Brettmann, JE Dunn Construction
Peter J. Schmid, the Texas A&M University
This presentation will focus on the programming, design
and construction of the Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary
Life Sciences Building, a three story 220,000 sq. ft. laboratory
complex, constructed to enhance the University's research interactions
across disciplines. The building will include 95,000 sq. ft. of
modular laboratories and research offices to support chemical, biological
and computational work. Laboratory and lab support facilities will
utilize modular casework to permit reconfiguration based on evolving
research directions. The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building
will represent the latest thoughts in a sustainable laboratory design.
The project is targeting U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED®
The sustainable focus of this building was a direction developed
by the University administration as they completed a comprehensive
Master Plan to guide work on the campus for the next 100 years.
Sustainable applications are measured against the attainment of
LEED 2.2 Silver designation. The building design required the reevaluation
of University laboratory standards for fume hood performance and
design, central plant design, process water reclamation, and the
use of day-lighting in a laboratory setting, among other things.
The project is being designed and constructed utilizing the Fast-Track
Construction Manager at Risk methodology. The integrated project
team could therefore assess sustainable architectural and engineering
concepts from a number of different perspectives.
The presentation will include both benchmark information, and specific
- The owner's perspective will include an analysis of current
and projected campus utility loads, and the projected savings,
and opportunities that this high performance lab provides.
- The design team's perspective will include the application of
the forthcoming lab design guide, and the issues relating to designing
a sustainable yet extremely flexible, high hood density laboratory.
- The contractors perspective will include the integration of
3rd party commissioning and the assessment of sustainable lab
systems from a cost/construction standpoint.
This presentation will demonstrate that a high performance, sustainable
laboratory facility is achievable within a constrained budget and
extremely aggressive design and construction timeline. We will explore
tools and methodologies the team used to achieve this goal.
As the first sustainable building on the A&M university campus,
the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences complex will redefine the energy
and performance standards for research facilities on this growing
campus. Scientific research and education is the primary focus of
Texas A&M University, and the vast majority of planned construction
on this campus is research based building types. Historical campus
energy usage will be compared to usage models for this new facility.
Since the project is pursuing USGBC LEED Silver designation, the
sustainable approach to building systems design is holistic in nature.
This facility will serve as the sustainable benchmark for the University.
Specific strategies include:
- Wind modeling for exhaust fan energy optimization.
- Diversity in fume hood configurations, low flow hoods, BMS sensors.
- Air-stream energy recovery systems.
- Fin tube water recovery for irrigation and grey water sanitary
- Sustainable construction materials.
- Campus-wide cooling water efficiency guides.
- Aggressive day-lighting integration.
Ed Cordes, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal in the Houston office
of Perkins+Will, an international architecture and planning firm
with offices in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle
East. He has over 17 years experience in complex systems design
including work for NASA, research laboratories and vivariums. His
experience includes the design of BSL-3 and BSL-4 biocontainment
labs. Other recent projects of note include a large transgenic vivarium,
primate sanctuary, and a new college of pharmacy. Ed recently acted
as project manager on the Galveston National Lab, one of NIH's national
biocontainment facilities. He is currently is serving as project
manager on the Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences
Building, a 220,000 sq. ft. Sustainable (targeting USGBC LEED Silver)
Kevin Brettmann has for the past
24 years been involved in the planning, cost estimating, construction,
commissioning and qualification of Life Sciences, Research and Biotech
Facilities. He is the Director of Life Sciences for JE Dunn Construction.
Kevin has worked with companies and institutions such as Amgen,
Inc., the National Institutes of Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center, University of Kansas and the University
of Texas Health Science Center. Project types include BSL-3 and
BSL-4 suites, cGMP manufacturing, vivarium construction, chemistry,
and biology laboratories. Mr. Brettmann's current responsibilities
include managing the operational and business development activities
of JE Dunn Construction's Life Sciences Center of Excellence, and
serving as JE Dunn's Project team leader for the Texas A&M University
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.
Peter J. Schmid is a Project Manager
for the Texas A&M University System Facilities Planning and
Construction Department. His work involves client oversight and
design management of projects across the A&M university system's
ten University campuses and many Agencies. Peter is acting at the
University's project manager for the Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary
Life Sciences Building.
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