Flad Architects

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification

A testament to this not-for-profit's strong environmental stewardship values, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The expansion of this growing research institute's center of excellence further enables world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy, and sustainable agriculture. Flad provided planning and design services for all scientific workplace and research spaces for the 75,000-square-foot expansion.

Sustainable design features include runaround coil loop heat recovery, smart lab exhaust, indigenous prairie preservation, green roofs, and a high-performance envelope with integrated solar shading designed by architect of record Christner, Inc. Other features consider occupant wellness and indoor air quality, including optimized daylighting and use of low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems.

Ultimately, the operationally efficient facility supports the Center's mission "to improve the human condition through plant science" in a collaborative and innovative environment, while reducing energy costs, water use, and overall environmental impact.

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February 04, 2019