FROM THE AIA:

This not-for-profit research institute, dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics, was in need of a permanent West Coast home. Their commitment to environmental stewardship led to challenging the architects to design a net-zero energy laboratory building, the first in the US. The result is a LEED-Platinum certified, 44,607 SF building comprised of a wet laboratory wing and an office / dry laboratory wing surrounding a central courtyard, all above a partially below-grade parking structure for 112 cars. The holistic approach to the design revolved around energy performance, water conservation, and sustainable materials.

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The J. Craig Venter Institute

Architect(s): ZGF Architects LLP
Project Type: Laboratory
Project Category: New Construction
Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
Completion Date: 11/1/2013
Project Size: 44,607 sq. ft.
Location: La Jolla, Calif.

JURY COMMENTS:

The jury was impressed with how this project achieved net zero for a lab. The building was well crafted from materials well suited for the marine location. Interior spaces and the courtyard were well daylit. The program connected the labs and offices across an exterior courtyard.

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Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Estimated percent of occupants using public transit, cycling or walking: 10%
  • Daylighting at levels that allow lights to be off during daylight hours: 80%
  • Lighting Power Density: 0.54 watts/sf
  • Views to the Outdoors: 80%
  • Percent reduction of regulated potable water: 41%
  • Total EUI predicted (kBtu/sf/yr): 68
  • Net EUI predicted (kBtu/sf/yr): 0
  • Percent reduction from National Median EUI for Building Type (predicted): 72%


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Nick Merrick Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
Nick Merrick Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
Nick Merrick Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing Photographers
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© Courtesy ZGF Architects LLP
© Courtesy ZGF Architects LLP