How to Reduce Carbon Impact While Defining and Designing a Laboratory Project

Jeff Murray, FAIA, LEED AP, CannonDesign
Bill Corbett, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Sometimes, the "dream building" must go through a right-sizing process in order to meet budget constraints. But it's not all bad news when this must happen. When done efficiently with target-value design, the building often becomes more efficient while reducing its carbon footprint. Jeff Murray, FAIA, will take the audience through proactive strategies owners and designers can use during target-value design. Jeff's co-presenter, Bill Corbet, COO of KTA-Tator, will provide a client perspective of their new headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and how they were able to right-size their building-including solutions for the building envelope, labs and offices. KTA's specialties include coatings and corrosion engineering and inspection; steel and concrete fabrication inspection; field and laboratory coatings failure analysis; environmental, health and safety consulting; and contract administration for maintenance and construction activities. KTA also distributes a complete line of the field inspection instrumentation needed to support corrosion protection projects, and provides a number of specialized Quality Assurance/Quality Control, and workplace safety training courses.

The presenters will also review energy benchmarks and how the building is currently performing.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to strategically right-size to reduce carbon impact;
  • Understand challenges to laboratory design during the right-sizing process;
  • Hear a real-world case study from a local Pittsburgh commercial client; and
  • Compare industry-standard benchmarks to a new, commercial lab building.


Jeff Murray, FAIA, has been providing client-facing experiential and technical design leadership for complex projects supporting research and other knowledge work throughout his three-decade career. He has pioneered iterative and collaborative design processes that engage stakeholders as active participants.

Bill has 40 years of industrial coatings experience and over 30 years of instructor-led training experience. He has published three editions of Using Coatings Inspection Instruments (2002, 2006, 2012). Bill has over 25 articles published in trade journals.


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