The Sustainability, Energy and Environment Laboratory at the University of Colorado: An Updated Case Study

Matt Meyer, JE Dunn Construction
Mike Early, JE Dunn Construction

Objective: The objective of this updated presentation is to discuss the use of a flexi-laboratory concept to allow multiple disciplines of research to perform in shared space within the research facility. Through the example of the new Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder, we will discuss the approach to flexible research design. Project: University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory Description: New 142,000 sqft multi-disciplined energy and environment research facility and renovated 289,000 sqft existing facility. This facility brings together researchers from several University and Federal departments into one collaborative environment. Project Status: Complete Abstract: The presentation team will discuss how multiple departments are set-up and operate within the new facility. The presentation will utilize aspects from the University of Colorado at Boulder's Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory and other flexible laboratory models to illustrate aspects utilized to create this facility. The University of Colorado at Boulder's Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory had several unique goals that dictated a flexible and collaborative approach. The first goal was to meet the needs of the multiple research departments. The second goal was to continue the architectural character of the new East Campus. Another significant goal is to have the building achieve LEED Gold certification. The facility provides flexible, wet and dry bench research laboratory modules with adjacent support spaces for various specialized functions. The facility also provides additional specialized shared support cores for such functions as NMR, TEM Equipment, Spectroscopy, etc. Finally, the building is a teaching environment with teaching spaces, collaboration areas, etc. Audience Benefits: The audience will be presented with the following information through this presentation: 1) Description of the creation of the Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory 2) Description of how multiple departments / agencies work in flexible laboratory spaces 3) LEED considerations for modular casework

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the creation of the Sustainability, Energy & Environment Laboratory
  • Explain how multiple departments can work together in shared laboratory spaces
  • Create innovative ways to leverage technology during construction of a laboratory facility
  • Identify LEED considerations for modular casework

Biographies:

Bio: Matt Meyer is a senior project manager for JE Dunn Construction's Science and Technology Group in Denver, Colorado. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Matt has over 30 years of experience and has built facilities for entities such as the University of Colorado, Sandia Nat'l Labs, Amgen and the Corps of Engineers. Matt is a current member of I2SL and ISPE.

Bio: Mike Early is a project manager for JE Dunn Construction's Science and Technology Group in Denver, Colorado. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mike has over 31 years of experience and has built facilities for the University of Colorado among others. Areas of specialty include research laboratories, vivariums and healthcare.

 

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