The New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) is a four-story, 64,000-square-foot research facility constructed on a remediated brownfield site. This LEED Gold laboratory is a proudly modern structure that draws from vernacular climate-responsive design strategies—the slatted shutter, the landscaped courtyard water feature, the sheltered porch—to create an environmentally responsive facility that uses less energy per square foot than 89% of comparable labs, with first-year energy use 67% below the median. This has been achieved through an efficient building skin, strategically deployed glazing with solar controls, targeted ventilation, efficient equipment and lighting, and fine-grained monitoring. Landscape, hardscape, and water features work together to handle typical intense rainfall events without water leaving the site.

Architect(s): Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Architect of Record nbbj, Associate Architec
Project Type: 
Laboratory, Office – 10,001 to 100,000 sq. ft.
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Project Category:
New Construction
Project Site: 
Brownfield Site
Completion Date: 
August 2011
Project Size:
 63,989 sq. ft.
Project Cost:$38 Million