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Supergreen Venter lab displayed in new walk-through video

Supergreen Venter lab displayed in new walk-through video

Net-zero, carbon neutral facility for genomics pioneer aims to break new ground in research facility design.


By BD+C staff | May 27, 2014
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a highly sustainable lab building, recently opene
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a highly sustainable lab building, recently opened in La Jolla, Calif. Image: JCVI/ZGF

ZGF Architects' La Jolla building for genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter and his nonprofit research organization aims to be the first net-zero energy, carbon-neutral biological lab. The building was designed to serve not only the J. Craig Venter Institute but also collaborating partners from the nearby University of California-San Diego and Scripps Research Institute, as well as other scientific organizations.

The 44,607-sf facility includes a one-story wet-lab wing and a three-story office/dry-lab wing, connected by a courtyard. An underground parking structure can accommodate 112 vehicles.

Aiming for LEED Platinum, the building includes two PV arrays totalling 26,124 sf, predicted to generate power exceeding the building's demand. Other green features include sensor-controlled lighting, water-cooled (vs air-cooled) lab freezers, induction diffusers (chilled beams) for heating and cooling, and water collection and recycling for nonpotable functions.

The Building Team included Integral Group (MEP), KPFF Consulting Engineers (CE, SE), Jacobs Consultancy (lab consultant), Andropogon Associates/David Reed Landscape Architects (landscape), and McCarthy Building Companies (GC). 

ZGF recently released a building summary detailing the sustainable strategies and architectural features, as well as the walk-through video below. Enjoy your tour of this next-generation science facility.

World's First Net-Zero Energy Laboratory from ZGF Architects LLP on Vimeo.

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