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tems. The projects with radiant systems had a
lower cost per square foot for the HVAC cost,
as well as the total construction cost.
Though this is a small sample of projects,
it’s supporting evidence that sustainable
research labs don’t cost more to operate and
can have lower construction costs than their
conventional counterparts. A recent study
entitled Cost and Benefits of Net Zero Design,
conducted by Davis Langdon, Integral Group
and BNIM, demonstrated LEED Gold and
Platinum wet labs to be of comparable cost to
their control labs.
It’s important to incorporate lifecycle cost
analysis into the design in order to achieve
low-energy and low-cost research buildings.
At Payette, we integrate energy modeling from
the inception of the project and evaluate it in
conjunction with data on both first cost and
operational savings strategies. This allows us
to bundle the most cost- and energy-effective
strategies into a project.
At the renovation of Harvard’s Sherman
Fairchild, the project started with a goal of
achieving LEED Silver, but with integrated
lifecycle costing, the project achieved 95 of
the possible 110 points for LEED Platinum.
Lifecycle costing was done as part of the
design process, with the HVAC system having
a 7.8-year payback. The building is currently
exceeding expectations, using 18% less energy
than was predicted, while also doubling the
number of researchers in the building.
If we continue to allow costs to shift
between synergistic strategies and adopt a
holistic approach to building systems design,
we can meet industry demands for high-
er-performing, more cost-effective research
Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP, is Payette’s
building scientist, leading the firm’s research projects and integrating performance analysis into the
Lab synergistics enhance
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The high-performance curtainwall envelope of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at
Northeastern Univ. will balance the open design of the facade with insulating spandrels to achieve the thermal
performance requirements of the skin. The curtainwall will be wrapped with an outer skin of fixed solar shading
that responds to the building’s orientation. Image: © Payette
; SMITHGROUPJJR has added Eric L. Kirkland, PE, LEED AP BD+C,
SVP, as director of engineering at its Dallas office. He formerly served in the same role at the firm’s Phoenix, Ariz., office.
Kirkland’s relocation brings engineering discipline leadership to
SmithGroupJJR’s Dallas location, a first for the office. Kirkland
led the SmithGroupJJR engineering team in Phoenix for 15
years. During his 33 years with SmithGroupJJR, Kirkland’s design
work has focused on unique environmental conditions that inform and influence the energy-efficiency and sustainable design
performance of buildings.
; WINDOVER CONSTRUCTION has announced its recent move from
Manchester-by-the-Sea to their new headquarters in Beverly, Mass.
This new location accommodates the company’s growth and
provides an open, welcoming environment that further promotes
collaboration between employees, partners and clients. The new
space is designed with “teamwork” in mind, as the company is now
housed on one level. Features include new offices, a break room and
café, seating areas, intimate conference rooms, a gallery of project
photography, a training center and an extensive resource library.
; MIKE COLE has been named HDR Architecture’s Wyoming man-
aging principal. He will be based in the Gillette office. In his new
role, Cole will be responsible for all aspects of HDR’s Wyoming
operations, including project development, resource planning, staff
oversight and process quality control. Cole comes to HDR from the
city of Gillette where he served as utility project manager of the
$250 million Gillette Regional Water Supply project since 2009.
; AECOM has acquired Hunt Construction Group, adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Hunt Construction Group,
which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, is one of
the country’s leading commercial construction management firms.
It was established in 1944, has more than 700 employees in nine
U.S. offices and generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2013.
; PERKINS+WILL’S Atlanta office at 1315 Peachtree Street has been
certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program. The
SITES program fills a need for design and construction guidelines
and a system for rating and recognizing exemplary sustainable
landscapes based on their performance in improving the environment and human health. SITES certification can be applied to
projects of all sizes and on locations with or without buildings.
1315 Peachtree Street is a living model for small urban sites that
emphasize sustainability. Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office
building on Atlanta’s signature boulevard, the site now showcases
elegant stormwater solutions and innovative use of materials on a
highly constrained urban location. The newly renovated building is
also LEED Platinum certified with the highest score in the Northern
Hemisphere at the time of certification.