Designing a Cutting Edge, Zero Net Energy Facility to Support Breakthrough Technology

Jason Fierko, EwingCole
Jennifer Wampler, EwingCole

The Architect and Engineer of United Therapeutics' new, zero net energy lung restoration center and Laboratory will present the highlights of this cutting edge project. The building, which is a collaboration between United Therapeutics and the Mayo Clinic, will be constructed on the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville, Florida campus and completed in 2019. The facility encompasses 75,000 square feet and includes incubator laboratories, clean-room surgical suites, perfusion rooms and cGMP suite. The design also includes provisions to vertically expand the building in the future. In order to meet the zero net energy goal of the facility, the design team worked in a collaborative manner to minimize the energy use footprint. Technologies included the use of an open-well geo-exchange system, enthalpy based energy recovery, LED lighting, a high performance envelope with electrochromic glazing, extensive automation and energy metering. The design required a full-scale mock-up of the building's automation system on the project front end, which proved out communication capabilities and identified potential issues earlier in the process. A robust integration strategy ensures that all major building systems communicate including building automation, lighting control, power metering and electrochromic glazing. To offset the building's energy use, a photovoltaic array mounted above the surface parking spaces will offset 100% of the building's energy use. The presenters will discuss in detail the strategies utilized in the project and their applicability to similar, technology-based projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about planning and programming strategies that assist in reducing energy use and optimizing laboratory environments.
  • Attendees will learn about innovative design strategies that can be integrated into a zero net energy building to greatly reduce energy use.
  • Attendees will learn about the benefits of an open-loop geo-exchange system for projects located in cooling-dominated climate zones.
  • Attendees will understand how to implement a process for simulating building control systems on the front-end of the project, which are a key component to zero net energy success.


Jason Fierko is a Principal and mechanical engineer at EwingCole, a national leader in architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and sustainable design. With 15 years of experience, he specializes in energy efficient and zero net energy designs. Instrumental in EwingCole's sustainability group, he has been involved with several LEED Certified and zero net energy projects. He speaks regularly on LEED, energy modeling, zero net energy and building energy use reduction strategies.

Jennifer Wampler is a Principal and architect at EwingCole, a national leader in architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and sustainable design. With over 10 years of experience, she specializes in laboratory and workplace design, with a focus on sustainability. A graduate of Drexel University, she is an influential leader of EwingCole's sustainability group and has been involved with several LEED certified and zero net energy projects.


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