A Closer Look at one of Georgia Tech’s Newest Additions WHAT: Engineered Biosystems Building 218,880 square feet of flexible interdisciplinary laboratory space for researchers collaborating in the fields of Chemical Biology, Cell Therapies and Systems Biology WHERE: Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Atlanta, Georgia WHO: COOPER CARRY – Architect of Record/Full Design Services Lake | Flato Architects – Design Architect McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. – Construction Manager Uzun + Case, LLC – Structural Engineer Newcomb & Boyd – Mechanical Engineer WHY: “To provide a unique environment that connects people from multiple disciplines and departments to focus on specific societal problems in a holistic manner. A principle goal of the design is to foster interaction between chemists, engineers, biologists and computational scientists from two separate Colleges, the College of Engineering and the College of Science.” – COOPER CARRY Project Summary PROJECT SYNOPSIS: Among the most remarkable design aspects of the state-of-the-art $89-million, five-story Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are the rooftop photovoltaic panels, underground cisterns for recycling gray water and a network of 365 active chilled beams with the aim of meeting the university’s dictate regarding sustainability in each new facility on the campus. In keeping with Georgia Tech’s uncompromised commitment to high-performance-meets-low-environmental- impact, the new facility is pursuing a LEED Platinum rating. The design of the EBB also incorporates a “highly utilized equipment corridor that securely links vertical circulation to every laboratory and support space, while allowing wide transparency into research labs.” The theme of transparency continues throughout, including the publicly accessible ground level and the building’s striking exterior through the incorporation of glass walls and windows. The basement of the building encompasses a vivarium and a system of underground tunnels – allowing for future expansion. The greatest challenge for the structural engineers on the project was to meet VC-A criteria for the building’s concrete frame in order to limit vibration due to the sensitivity of equipment in many of the labs. It is the hope of the university that the spirit of teamwork achieved by all of the key players in the completion of the facility will serve as an ongoing theme throughout the life of the EBB. “The Engineered Biosystems Building will be a strategic resource for the biosystems sector, one of the fastest growing industries in Georgia,” stated Howard Wertheimer, FAIA, LEED AP – Director of Capital Planning and Space Management for Georgia Tech. “The new building will provide our faculty, students and staff with valuable research space and allow Georgia Tech to consolidate biomedical research and accelerate discovery in the prevention, diagnostics and treatment of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other life-threatening conditions. The facility offers an environment for multidisciplinary research, which will lead to discoveries and innovations that will save and enrich lives for generations to come.”
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