Life Science Laboratories I & II

Life Sciences Laboratories l & ll

Project Overview

Target LEED Certification: V3 SILVER
Completed: In Construction
Architect/Engineer: Wilson Architects; RDK Engineers
Project Manager:  Jeff Quackenbush

Project Purpose

The Life Science Laboratories (LSL) were developed to provide state-of-the-art research laboratory space for interdisciplinary research clusters engaged in cutting edge research.   Today's scientific research requires modern facilities with properly sized floor plates, adequate floor-to-floor heights, and energy-efficient building systems and building envelopes. Since the future course of scientific research cannot be predicted with exact certainty, it is critical that new facilities create large, flexible and adaptable systems that can easily accommodate growth and changing paradigms.

The site planning for the LSL capitalizes upon and seeks to engage the beautiful natural setting at the western edge of Orchard Hill, while celebrating the work within.

The building is designed to link with adjacent buildings and to the pedestrian and infrastructure network in a way that creates both civic space and enhances accessibility.

The building will contain flexible open research labs with equipment alcoves, enclosed support labs, shared platform labs and faculty offices, labs, conference rooms, colloquia, and food serving areas.  Accommodation is made in the plan for a future rooftop greenhouse.

Sustainability Features

The Life Science Laboratories was developed to provide state-of-the-art research laboratories while maintaining UMA's commitment to sustainable design and construction. Sustainable features include:

West façade exterior horizontal sun shades and fritted glass that will enhance daylight penetration into the open labs while also controlling excessive glare.

A low SRI, albedo white roof membrane will be installed to reduce the roof's heat island effect by reflecting most of the sun light.

The heat recovery chiller plant provides for domestic and non-potable hot water preheat, as it also reheats and space heating loads, while simultaneously providing an elevated temperature chilled water source to supply the laboratory fan coils without creating condensation on the coils.  By utilizing the energy transfer of a refrigeration process, the energy output of this system is over 5 times the energy input at design conditions.

A system capable of monitoring the levels of common air contaminants and CO2 will be installed in variable occupancy rooms as well as lab spaces.  This will allow for close monitoring of the indoor air quality conditions and allow the system to respond to conditions and not over ventilate unoccupied spaces.  In particular, this system may be used to reduce the unoccupied air change rates for the laboratory spaces.

Air handling units incorporate energy wheels and heat pipes to transfer heat and cooling from the exhaust air stream to the incoming air stream.

Low-flow fume hoods are designed to operate safely at 70 fpm across their face. This allows for a 30% reduction in the quantity of makeup air required to maintain building pressurization.  Coupled with the laboratory fan coil system, this provides for even more significant reductions in the total ventilation air required by the building.  Additionally, the fume hoods have velocity monitors to allow for monitoring of performance and even a greater potential reduction in outside air and occupancy sensors.

The perimeter spaces will be provided with a radiant floor heating system supplied by the heat recovery chiller plant which is an ideal fit as these systems do not use high temperature water.  The radiant floor heating systems provide for a high degree of occupant comfort while providing an effective means of heat transfer.  It also provided for an efficient, non airside means of providing heating during the unoccupied hours.

The overall building lighting design has a target of reducing the watts per square foot required below code while still achieving desirable foot candle levels in all areas.  This is done thru the use of high efficiency lighting fixtures and ballasts, as well as careful coordination with the architectural elements of the building.

A centralized lighting control system, occupancy sensors and daylight dimming will be installed to control lighting during occupied and non-occupied hours.

Bicycle racks, enclosures and changing facilities are planned to promote non-single occupancy vehicle travel.

A system to harvest water from various sources (ground water, overflow and rain water).  The reclaimed water will be utilized for process make up water streams for the cooling tower water, quench water and reverse osmosis systems, as well as for the flushing of plumbing fixtures throughout the building.  The constant temperature ground water will also be utilized to provide for tempering of mechanical spaces as available thru the use of fan coils.

Stormwater storage tanks to be installed between the west retaining wall to improve rate, quantity and also to improve quality of stormwater.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce the building potable water usage.

The building will have sub-metering installed on various consumers or energy and resources.  This will allow for monitoring and trending of the actual building energy consumption and resource use, allowing the operations and facilities department to target areas of inefficiency; ensuring that the building operation is within design parameters.

An integrated educational outreach program is planned for the new lab building. Components of the program may include an interactive dashboard that displays design and construction features and energy data, inclusion in a larger, campus wide, sustainability tour, and a comprehensive signage system highlighting key sustainability building features.

Architect's Model of the Life Science Laboratories 1 and 2
Computer Model of Exterior Front of Life Science Laboratories I and II
Life Science Laboratories I and II under construction