High Performance Buildings

Completed in June 2011, the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center became the first LEED Platinum laboratory building in the U.S.

Among its environmental features is a system that continuously monitors and adjusts airflow, a high-performance building envelope with high insulation values, and efficient waste heat recovery. Rooftop rainwater is channeled into six 10,000-gallon storage tanks and used in the building’s graywater systems, helping to conserve drinking water.

With its innovative design and imaginative execution, the new Life Sciences Center uses approximately 75% less energy per square foot than its predecessor, the Gilman Laboratory.