Sustainable Strategies for Expanding a Large R&D Campus

Trevor Boz, WSP Building Systems
Andrew Sanjurjo, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

The presentation will include a case study of the 10-year transformation of a fifty-year-old five (5) building campus to a renovated ten (10) building R&D campus (2008 to 2018). In addition to the five (5) new buildings, the campus has undergone substantial renovation projects ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet. Throughout this journey the campus has faced numerous challenges, successes, and lessons learned. This presentation will focus on the following areas:

  • Energy reduction opportunities in existing lab infrastructure.
  • Redundancy and Sustainability strategies for Infrastructure (New vs. Existing Buildings)
  • Central Utility Plant vs. Standalone Building Systems
  • Renovation vs. New Construction Challenges
  • Creating cost effective flexibility in lab infrastructure.
  • Leveraging emerging technology, to improve occupant comfort, safety, and energy efficiency.
  • The presentation will focus on the topics above and will be supported with calculations, illustrations, and selection criteria that attributed to decisions.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify considerations when deciding to renovate an existing lab building or build new;
    • Identify considerations when deciding to use central utility plant distribution vs. standalone building infrastructure;
    • Learn how to phase energy efficient upgrades into existing facilities; and
    • Learn how to leverage emerging technology and use capital assets to reduce energy consumption, improve occupant comfort, and increase safety.


    Trevor is a leader in the WSP Science & Technology practice with 11+ years of experience designing research facilities and buildings for critical applications including; cleanrooms, vivarium, high containment laboratories, laser labs, general research laboratories, core labs, and laboratories for higher education.

    Andrew is a senior electrical engineer and manager of electrical engineering at Regeneron Pharmaceutical's Tarrytown, NY campus. Andrew has overseen the design and installation of 8+ megawatts of onsite power generation, and 1M+ SF of new building and renovation electrical work. Prior to joining the facilities team, Andrew was an accomplished electrical consulting engineer, designing/specifying electrical systems for research facilities other critical facilities around the world.


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