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Update on How LEED® Affects Laboratory Design in the University Setting - Wright State Biological Sciences III

Greg Burrows, BHDP Architecture

Couper Gardiner, AIA, and Greg Burrows, AIA, presented "How LEED Affects Laboratory Design in the University Setting" at the Labs21 2006 Annual Conference. They discussed Wright State's Biological Sciences III project to illustrate LEED and Labs21 principles and approaches, and how they complement each other. Attendees of the conference said they thought it would be helpful to have an updated presentation on the Wright State Biological Sciences III project. Completing the story may reinforce the fact that this effort toward sustainability is ongoing. Relationships formed through Labs21 conferences and other tools offered by Labs21 may benefit from this continuity. Burrows wishes to fulfill the request of those who attended the Labs21 2006 Annual Conference and will include construction and occupancy issues that have occurred as the project completion date of fall 2007 nears.

The poster will detail hard and soft costs, as well as the energy and commissioning cost savings generated from sustainably designed and constructed projects. It will also show the benefits of using 3-D CAD and an early integrated design process to optimize the building's structure and layout to maximize the energy and material usage for the facility. This project dispels the myth of LEED projects being excessively more expensive than similar non-LEED projects as the project bids came in six percent under project estimates.

Some project facts: Wright State's Biological Sciences III, $14.4 million project is located in Dayton, Ohio, and the project size is 45,373 square feet. This building is the first in a series of science laboratory renovations on Wright State's campus. This project effectively illustrates Labs21 and LEED principles while adhering to a high aesthetic quality.


Greg Burrows has been specializing in research laboratories, corporate offices, and institutional facilities since joining BHDP in 1989. From 1996 to 2001, Greg was co-managing principal at BHDP's Baxter/PEAS office. Baxter/PEAS is a strategic business alliance with the Procter & Gamble Co. providing architecture and engineering services for the company's world headquarters and its five research and development sites. In 1982 he received the ASID Educational Foundation Dora Brahms Award and was awarded an undergraduate fellowship for his thesis which won the Thesis Critics Award in 1983. He has traveled extensively, studying European, Caribbean, and North American architecture. Conference talks include "Success Strategies for Lab Building Modernization and Revitalization Projects" for Tradeline, and "Clean Environments: When to Select a Conventional vs. Pre-Manufactured Envelope" for Lab Design.

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