Considering Sustainable Design Solutions for a High Performance Lab: A Case Study for LEED Gold at IUPUI's Innovation Hall

Ted Kussow, Applied Engineering Services
Andrew Brown, Perkins and Will

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Innovation Hall is a new teaching and research building on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) located in downtown Indianapolis. This presentation elaborates on the process the design team embraced to provide the owner with an array of design solutions to meet a lofty LEED certification requirement, deliver on the needs of high-performance research and teaching environments, and reduce the operational burden of a 21st century laboratory facility, all within strict economic boundaries. With a set construction cost of $364 per square foot, each proposed design solution had to be carefully validated to ensure the initial costs would result in a long-term value, provide for versatile user needs, and be sensitive to the well-being of campus and building occupants.

Innovation Hall is approximately 100,000 gross square feet and consists of biology, chemistry, and engineering labs, along with a class 100/1000 Clean Room, Imaging and Analytics suite, and student Makerspace with fabrication and modeling. The design team worked closely with campus stakeholders to ensure satisfactory resolution with existing design standards, and to ensure occupant safety remained at the forefront of all solutions.

This presentation will detail the iterative design process the multi-disciplinary team adopted to study sustainable measures to potentially meet the project goals and provide reduction from baseline conditions. Some options such as chilled beam, active air quality management, and ductless fume hoods were analyzed but not ultimately pursued. Others such as run around loop heat recovery, lab exhaust fan plume height reduction, domestic water and heating water preheat from steam condensate, daylighting controls, cooling tower and plumbing fixture water savings, and smart lab controls combined, along with other features, to measure a 24 percent energy cost reduction against the baseline building condition. In addition to energy savings, the project team worked to realize benefits related to site and transportation, healthy indoor materials, and occupant awareness.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a better understanding of the analysis and validation phase of sustainable strategies as they relate to facility owner's needs and objectives;
  • Identify various design solutions for laboratory buildings that can contribute to significant energy savings and assist in LEED certification;
  • Learn how sustainable design solutions have an impact on enhancing safety of laboratories and how the design of the project addressed this within the context of campus standards and procedures; and
  • Recognize the importance of weighing initial costs of sustainable solutions with the life cycle cost analysis and energy savings payback in mind.


Ted Kussow is Senior Project Manager and Shareholder with the consulting engineering firm Applied Engineering Services. He is a collaborative, team-oriented leader and design engineer who specializes in unique and innovative approaches to LEED, energy efficiency, and sustainability. He excels in complete HVAC design, sequences of operation, and energy analysis to inform owner decision making. He has more than 25 years of experience with a wide variety of projects with a primary focus on labs.

Andrew Brown is a Senior Architect and Senior Associate with the design firm Perkins and Will, focused on the programming, planning, design, and delivery of technically complex and multi-faceted science and engineering facilities around the country. Andrew's pragmatic approach and attention to detail set the tone for design team success and fosters accord with key stakeholder groups. Over the years, he's enjoyed watching projects come to life and uniquely impacting each community.


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