Life Sciences Center

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

The Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center at Dartmouth College is the newest building on the historic campus dedicated to the exploration of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.? Completed in 2012, the LEED-Platinum certified building provides an interactive, collaborative, state-of-the-art home for faculty, students, and researchers previously located in various facilities on and off campus. The 174,000 gross square foot building houses 30 principal investigators whose research initiatives are supported by a 6,400 sq. ft. greenhouse and a 4,000 sq. ft. NMR suite; six teaching laboratories with associated support spaces, a 200-seat auditorium and two 80-seat stepped lecture rooms. The site program includes a new 300' x 150' outdoor, multi-functional commons and creates a new destination point at the northern edge of campus.?

The site features native plant materials, a rain garden, bicycle storage, and intensive an extensive green roof ?system.? Over one million gallons of rainwater annually are collected and reused in the building. By establishing strict design metrics the building is expected to use nearly half the energy of a comparable science building. Enthalpy wheels, active chilled beams, triple glazed windows and spray foam insulation serve to maximize the building's energy efficiency. These strategies along with other green building practices create a facility that educates and engages occupants about sustainable attributes and operations making it one of the most energy-efficient, sustainably designed and operated research facilities of its kind in the country.


2012 Green Design Citation
AIA Pittsburgh
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