Tradeline recently featured the University of Michigan, Biological Sciences Building and Museum of Natural History. The article discusses how the building has transformed the way science is conducted and communicated.
“Workstations are located outside the labs, so students can eat and drink but still see into the lab through the glass doors. Computational suites and living rooms provide comfortable places for students and faculty to socialize and work. The location of every component of the building was carefully considered to maximize collaboration, connectivity, natural light, and energy efficiency.
‘Part of the goal was to reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) below the baseline that is standard for this building typology,’ says Lois Mate (Ennead Associate Principal). ‘After everything was certified, we were able to meet an EUI of 109, which is incredible in a lab building.’ “
“The building exceeded standards by meeting the American Institute of Architect’s efficiency targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, and has been certified LEED gold. The ventilation and energy recovery resulted in energy savings of more than 30 percent. The MEP is designed for the entire lab neighborhoods rather than individual spaces, providing future flexibility.”
Read the full article here.