Integrative Sustainable Lab Design: L'Oreal Research & Innovation One Campus Project

Rufei Wang, Atelier Ten

The L'Oreal Research & Innovation One Campus Project, located in Clark, New Jersey, includes a renovation of the existing facility and the construction of a new addition. The project will provide updated research labs, product evaluation areas, and open flexible work settings totalling around 250,000 square feet. The project has ambitious sustainability goals, including achieving carbon neutrality with no new fossil fuel equipment, designing a dry campus to provide future capacity to filter and clean all wastewater, providing biodiversity to revitalize and restore the site. The project is targeting to achieve LEEDv4 Platinum certification.

The session will describe how Atelier Ten worked together with the client and the design team in an integrated design process to deliver a high-performance lab building, and how the development of specific metrics/targets in early design stages supported the process. The session will then discuss various sustainability strategies explored throughout design, including high-performance envelope, ground source heat pumps, onsite photovoltaics, microgrid, hydrogel fuel cells, filtering garden, cross laminated timber, etc. We will discuss how we utilized various technical simulation analyses/tools to quantify the performance, provide information for cost estimation, and support the decision-making process. We will cover the project challenges and constraints with each sustainability strategy and show the behind-the-scenes work.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how the development of specific metrics/targets in early design stages supports an integrated design process, including energy, carbon, water, resiliency, biodiversity, wellness, etc;
  • Identify various sustainability strategies to design a high-performance lab, including high-performance envelope, ground source heat pumps, onsite photovoltaics, microgrid and hydrogel fuel cells, filtering garden, cross-laminated timber, daylight optimization, etc. Understand the project challenges and constraints with each explored strategy;
  • Demonstrate how to utilize various sustainability simulation analyses/tools to quantify performance, provide information for cost estimation, and support the decision-making process, including analyses/tools to evaluate microgrid battery sizing, carbon emissions reduction, ground source heat pumps, filtering garden, daylight, thermal comfort; and
  • Explain how to manage the sustainable design process from design through construction, working collaboratively with client and design teams.

Biography:

As a Senior Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten, Rufei Wang has applied her multidisciplinary approach to a diverse set of projects. Rufei is a LEED AP BD+C and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). She is also a peer reviewer and guest critic for several international conferences and universities.

 

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