Go Beyond Awards

2015 Go Beyond Awards

A unique awards program honoring organizations, individuals, products, and projects that are advancing sustainable, high-performance facilities.

2015 I2SL Annual Conference Go Beyond Award Winners

I2SL is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the 2015 Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, and neighboring communities, as well as contributing to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs, systems, and products.

The 2015 Go Beyond Awards were presented during a special luncheon ceremony at the 2015 I2SL Annual Conference on Monday, September 21, 2015, in San Diego, California. The awards recognized the outstanding work done by the following winners:

Individual Award

James Dykes, Sustainable Labs Canada

James Dykes is a recently retired architect from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and the Founding President of Sustainable Labs Canada (SLCan), a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable design and operation practices in laboratories and other high-technology facilities. James worked tirelessly to develop and strengthen relationships between SLCan and the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC), I2SL, and European organizations with similar goals. As a member of the RPIC Board of Directors, James acted as the laboratory business sector representative from PWGSC, ensuring that content included laboratory-focused issues in the RPIC Real Property National Workshop Program.

Over the course of his career, James served on numerous volunteer boards, delivered conference presentations on laboratory design, guest lectured at several universities and colleges, and was an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary for 12 years. He was associated with the Labs21 program since 2001, and continues to participate in I2SL’s Global Sustainable Laboratory Network.

Allison Paradise, My Green Lab

Allison Paradise has been a champion and advocate for sustainable lab practices since before she began the My Green Lab program several years ago. Armed with limited funding, impressive energy, and a passion to make a difference, she created a green lab certification process that is being used at university and private sector laboratories on both coasts of the United States. Through My Green Lab, Allison partners with organizations to implement energy reduction, water reduction, waste management, and green chemistry programs; and connects laboratory personnel with sustainable procurement opportunities.

Working with utility providers in California, Allison prepared the “Market Assessment of Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Laboratories,” which involved a survey of equipment use and energy efficiency that was given to almost 1,200 scientists and laboratory operators across the United States. The survey identified energy efficiency opportunities in laboratories that Allison is helping to drive forward through the creation of the Center for Energy Efficient Laboratories.

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Project Award

Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine: Farmington, Connecticut

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is a global leader in considering the environmental impact of its facilities and operations. The Jackson Laboratory combines inviting collegial space with efficient laboratories, while using a variety of energy conservation measures to maximize building performance. The laboratory maximizes daylight while limiting peak solar loads, and utilizes high-efficiency equipment and an improved thermal envelope. To ensure indoor air quality, the laboratory also has a monitoring system and occupancy sensors with the ability to reduce outdoor air during unoccupied times. The building water use is more than 30 percent better than code compliance. Water-saving measures include the installation of water-efficient fixtures, rainwater harvesting, bioswales, and native plantings. Through these measures, the laboratory also reduced the amount of stormwater runoff at the property. In addition to the ongoing energy and water savings, more than 97 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills throughout the project.

National University of Ireland: Galway Biosciences Research Building, Galway, Ireland

The National University of Ireland, Galway, Biosciences Research Building (BRB), is a research laboratory for regenerative medicine, chem-bio, and cancer. The BRB represents a “minimum energy” approach. Through careful planning and high/low energy zoning, the BRB integrates traditional building techniques with innovative energy conservation solutions, resulting in an energy savings of about 70 percent annually against a baseline of comparable projects. The high/low energy zoning strategy wraps the perimeter of the building with the lowest energy use spaces, allowing for maximum daylighting and natural ventilation, while the high-energy use spaces are zoned within the “thermal sweater” of the lower use spaces, using a double wall system to separate ventilation systems and optimizing building-wide energy use.

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In addition to the award recipients, I2SL was pleased to receive the following 2015 Go Beyond Award nominations:

Individual Award

Bert Willke, BEST Technologies
Stuart Rector, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Thermo Scientific TSX Series Ultra Low Temperature Freezer


Eckerd College, James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences; St. Petersburg, Florida Framingham State University, Academic Sciences Building; Framingham, Massachusetts High Efficiency Cooling Systems in Lenovo’s EBG Site; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina ATR Transition to Commercial Power Project; Idaho Falls, Idaho

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