We are pleased to announce our Science and Engineering Complex at Tufts University received an I2SL 2018 Go Beyond Award in the Buildings Category.
The Go Beyond Awards recognizes excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facilities, such as hospitals, data centers and cleanrooms. The winning projects demonstrate unique aspects of energy and environmental sustainability which could include a new building, a major upgrade to an existing building or a campus project.
The Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is the product of a strategic infill addition that creates space for interdisciplinary research in biology, environmental science and neuroscience while connecting two historic buildings to create a dynamic, community focused, high tech hub for open communication and cross-pollination.
Rather than relocate or demolish one of the significant historic buildings on the site as the client’s initial project brief had proposed, the design team arrived at a solution for a smaller new addition that leverages and strengthens the existing buildings through adaptive reuse, creating an integrated complex. From the onset of the project, the client had ambitious goals for a high performance building, setting aggressive performance targets for the team. The project’s sustainable solutions are integral to its architectural solution, thoughtfully demonstrating the interdependence between sustainability and scientific research.
The SEC employs ambitious low energy strategies across all building systems by establishing an aggressive total energy use intensity (EUI) target of under 100 kBTU/SF/YR (excluding the vivarium) representing a 77% reduction in energy over a typical laboratory building.
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