REDWOOD CITY, California—September 23, 2013—The US Green Building Council just awarded UC Irvine’s (UCI) Biological Sciences Building 3 with LEED Platinum certification, its highest level of certification. UCI’s commitment to superior environmental performance challenged the design-build team, comprised of DES Architects + Engineers (DES) and Hathaway Dinwiddie, to achieve drastic reductions in material and energy use through innovative solutions.
With this new, 145,000-sf lab building, a sustainable approach was integral to the design and construction from the beginning. It started with over 50% of construction waste being diverted from landfill and almost 25% of the total building materials being sourced from recycled content.
The building was not only built in a green manner, it performs that way as well — beating Title 24 requirements by almost 30% due in part to highly efficient HVAC systems and high-performance glazing. Indoor environmental comfort and health was another key area of concern for the project team. Low-emitting interior finishes were utilized throughout, and all building occupants can make lighting adjustments to suit individual needs. The project has numerous alternative transportation options: two bio-diesel powered buses serve the site, and bicycle storage and changing rooms are provided in the building.
“Earning LEED Platinum certification on this project further exemplifies DES expertise in designing high-performing educational buildings,” said Craig Ivancovich, DES’ Vice President. “We are thrilled by this achievement and are excited about our continuing work on UC Irvine’s campus.”
DES has designed several new, ground-up buildings on UC Irvine’s campus including Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the Stem Cell Research Building, the Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, and Biological Sciences Building 3.
About UC Irvine’s Biological Science Building 3
The three-story building houses a 400-seat lecture hall on the first floor with laboratory suites and offices on the second and third floors. The basement includes a vivarium, procedure rooms, and support spaces.