The Green Cycle: Sustainable Research Findings Create Sustainable Research Facilities

Kevin Brettmann, JE Dunn Construction

The presentation will profile three case studies of LEED Platinum laboratories sharing goals, challenges and results for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility (2014 Laboratory of the Year); Oregon Health and Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University's Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower project; and the University of Colorado Boulder's Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. The presentation will identify design-build challenges while achieving a LEED Platinum rating by employing unique construction technologies, collaboration, process methodology and the impact of cost and life cycle analysis.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying challenges for a LEED Platinum laboratory
  • Understanding examples of unique construction technologies
  • Collaboration to achieve LEED Platinum
  • Process methodology and the impact of cost and life cycle analysis


Kevin Brettmann is the Director of Science and Technology for JE Dunn Construction. He has been a speaker and moderator at the I2SL (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories) Annual Conferences and a speaker at TRADELINE and Laboratory Design Conferences. Kevin is the founding president of the Colorado chapter of I2SL, treasurer of the Arizona chapter of I2SL and member of the national Executive Advisory Council of I2SL. Kevin was a 2012 "Laboratory of the Year" judge.


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