constructions, such as stair treads throughout the building.
This ensures a continual connection to the natural environment and creates a legacy of environmental stewardship
that aligns with Georgia Tech’s core values and goals.
Of course, a building can’t thrive by natural daylight alone,
but design proposals that were incorporated into the final
plan ensured that electricity and mechanical lighting usage
were minimized wherever possible. For carbon reduction, 97
percent of occupants can control their own light levels, with
vacancy sensor lighting controls also placed throughout the
building. Lighting power density is decreased 25 percent below
target standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Improving energy use was also a critical concern of
providing a sustainable design to the Biology Building at
the University of West Georgia (UWG). Originally designed
in 1970, Cooper Carry recently renovated and expanded the
building, transforming the labs, greenhouse, faculty offices
and classrooms into a 21st-century place of excellence in
learning, teaching and research. Through adaptive use,
UWG is able to extend the usable life of the building for
The design decreased the building’s watts per square
foot by replacing older, poor-performing light fixtures with
new LED fixtures. In addition to lighting replacement, the
design utilized lower light levels at benchtops, which are in
line with contemporary lab design. Dated design standards
typically require 33 to 50 percent higher light levels than
current conventional design. The energy usage for lighting
alone was cut by more than half with 0.63 watts per square
foot. Lighting strategies alone can be a great way to provide
better energy performance for aging buildings.
Well-curated mechanical lighting can also improve collaboration and positively impact the people who spend time
within the facility. During a multi-phase gut renovation of
laboratory floors at Pinn Hall at the University of Virginia,
high-quality lighting was an essential component to creating user-friendly spaces that draw people together.
By applying these strategies to raise the standards of
sustainability, both new and dated buildings can not only
endure for the next generation, but also can turn “once in a
lifetime” into a phrase of the past.
Brent Amos, AIA, LEED AP, a Principal at Cooper Carry,
leads the Science + Technology studio in Washington, D.C., where
he is responsible for programming, design, documentation and
construction administration for university facilities and research
enterprises. With a wide range of client types including public and
private institutions, Brent has been an integral part in the coordination and design of complex teaching and research labs for basic
and physical sciences, biomedical, bioscience, engineering, healthcare, research and higher education across the country. Among
his many accolades, the Krone Engineered BioSystems Building
at the Georgia Institute of Technology was recognized earlier this
year with a COTE AWARD and a Design Merit Award by the
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