Case Studies: Building Case Study - A Biotech Lab and Office

September 30, 2002
 
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Pharmaceutical Research InstituteThe Pharmaceutical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, is a 123,000-square-foot laboratory and office building completed in 1999. Among the energy efficiency measures included in the building are systems for limiting energy waste associated with its 92 fume hoods and its air handling, space conditioning, and lighting systems. As a result, smaller-than-usual chillers and fans were employed, which both saved on first costs and will lower energy bills over the life of the building. Despite employing the most energy-efficient motors and other equipment available, the building cost only 1 percent more than other new laboratory/office facilities built to the minimum requirements of California's Title 24 energy standards.

Johnson & Johnson has over 250 business campuses worldwide, and the company has made a commitment to aggressively pursue energy efficiency wherever it makes sense. All new J&J buildings are subject to the company's "New Facilities Design Criteria." Design teams are required to adopt the energy efficiency measures specified or make a persuasive case for exceptions. This "design for the long term" philosophy was successfully employed in the design and construction of the Pharmaceutical Research Institute facility.

In addition to housing state-of-the-art biological and chemical laboratories, the building is quite comfortable and attractive. It thus serves as a catalyst in recruiting new scientific talent.