View of the roof and penthouse from upper campus.
4THE INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR LAB DESIGN, ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION 4MARCH | APRIL | 2016
www.labdesignnews.com Volume 20, Number 2
Nicholas LaVita, AIA, LEED Green Associate
Designing laboratory buildings requires consideration of complex mechanical systems. This
consideration is compounded when the
aim is to design a sustainable lab build and
even more so when targeting low Energy
Use Intensity (EUI). In practice this can be
challenging as architectural intent may be in
opposition to sustainable strategies. When
making decisions, which priority takes the
lead: mechanical systems or architectural
intent? Ultimately, for beautifully executed
high-performance buildings, neither
priority can be compromised. Our design
team worked to embody both in the New
Science Center for Amherst College.
ECKERD COLLEGE, JAMES CENTER
FOR MOLECULAR AND LIFE SCIENCES
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Punit Jain, AIA, LEED Fellow
Eckerd College sought a new
undergraduate research lab that reflected its
unique educational pedagogy, the physical
context of the campus, and the college culture
which is embodied by the hallmark of “Think
Outside.” This became the guiding design
strategy for the $25 million, 50,000 sf James
Center for Molecular and Life Sciences.
In the days before air conditioning, the
key to staying comfortable in Florida was
to dress in light colors and carry a parasol.
The design team employed this turn-of-the-century strategy with a highly-reflective
white exterior and a white fabric “parasol” at
Designing a high-performance, architecturally-integrated
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Redefining water conservation and interdisciplinary
science on a tropical, oceanfront campus