Designing for Uncertainty and Sustainability
I2SL Annual Conference
Raleigh, North Carolina
October 16, 2018 8:30-10:00am
Utilizing a new method for programming and designing large-scale, grant-driven research facilities, Flad has designed North Carolina State University's Plant Sciences Building with the goal of maximizing the collaborative potential among disciplines across the university, as well as among industry and academic organizations. This presentation will address the process of developing a flexible program that addresses the uncertain nature of future research domains, and how that process was applied to design this 184,000-square-foot facility in a campus context. With the building targeting LEED v4 Silver certification, this session will also review a variety of innovative approaches to sustainability, including heat recovery systems, chilled beam systems, variable cooling for greenhouse compartments, and more. The resulting design reflects a resource-intensive program that includes molecular imaging, genomics and proteomics facilities, containment greenhouses, and plant growth chambers, providing a platform with the longevity to support generations of research groups with minimal renovation.