Lewis Integrative Science Building
The Lewis Integrative Science Building is home to strategic research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions; its purpose is to create new synergies across diverse academic disciplines by literally uniting the sciences. The majority of the 103,000 SF building is devoted to studying the brain and its functions—specifically cognitive neuroscience, systems neuroscience and genetics research. The building also houses space for solar technology and green chemistry research.
The design of the building is rooted in the idea of connectivity. The building connects to four neighboring science buildings, and the entire design concept supports the premise of science as an open, collaborative process rather than an isolated exercise conducted behind closed doors. A voluminous atrium forms the heart of the building and acts as a major catalyst in integrating researchers and promoting open thinking. Bamboo adorns nearly the entire south wall of the atrium, while transparent and white glass covers the north wall. The transparent glass allows passerby to peer into laboratory spaces, while white glass acts as a marker board, promoting spontaneous brainstorming.
Designed to achieve LEED Platinum-certification, the building uses 58 percent less energy than conventionally designed buildings of similar size and function. Energy savings features include natural ventilation in non-lab spaces, solar shading, daylight harvesting, night flush cooling, variable flow chemical fume hoods equipped with automatic sashes that close when not in use, and the extraction of heat from an adjacent utility tunnel. To reduce usage of potable water, LISB reclaims reverse osmosis treated water from a neighboring zebra fish research facility and uses this water to flush all urinals and toilets. All of the storm water on site is also collected and treated, and 28 solar hot water panels on the rooftop heat all domestic hot water.
Designed in collaboration with THA Architecture
- Sustainable Features: Alternative Energy, Bike Racks, Bioswales, Certified Wood, Daylighting & Views, Design Charrette, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management Plan, Geothermal Energy, Green Cleaning, Innovative Wastewater Technologies, LEED Platinum, Light Pollution Reduction, Local/Regional Materials, Low-Emitting Materials, Occupant Lighting Control, Photovoltaics, Public Transportation Access, Recycled-content Materials, Recycling , Stormwater Management, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Reuse
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 103,000 SF (9,940m2)
- Professional Services: Architecture, Commissioning, Construction Administration, Interior Design, Laboratory Design, Landscape Architecture, MEP Engineering, Site Design
- Project Components: Amenity Spaces, Atrium, Bioinformatics, Biology Laboratory, Collaborative Space, Imaging, Instrument Laboratory, Laser Laboratory, Nanoscale Laboratory, Physical Science Laboratory, Vivarium
- Project Type: Academic, Controlled Environment, Higher Education, Nanotechnology, Research Laboratory, Science + Technology, Vivaria
- Related Projects: Academic, Architecture, Basic and Applied Science Facilities, Research, Science + Technology
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