Colombia Geochemistry Lab


Overview The lab consists of two main structures connected by a basement, consists of five mass spectrometer labs, one high temperature and pressure lab, seven instrument labs, eight wet chemistry labs, fifty- nine offices, three conference rooms and other support spaces.

Challenge To complete an evaluation of sustainability opportunities which would take advantage of NYSERDA’s New Construction Program and to achieve LEED certification.

Solutions An uncomplicated layout, driven directly by the specific needs of the researchers. The lab side is a high-energy environment with complex mechanical systems, while the office side is a low-energy structure with modest systems and operable windows. This resulted in a 19-percent smaller building footprint than the conventional, 2-story baseline design.

Client Columbia University

Year 2011

Size 69,289 ft2

“2009 Lab of the Year” – Research and Development Magazine and winner of awards for excellence in sustainable design and architecture from the EPA and AIA.

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