This non-profit lab/office facility serves as an incubator for biotech startups, helping ideas conceived locally to become local jobs and industries. The New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC), a four-story, 64,000 sf structure adjacent to New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, downtown university campuses, and the Treme neighborhood.
Built on a brownfield site, this LEED-Gold research facility is designed as ‘urban acupuncture’, a modest project that has helped trigger the revitalization of a neighborhood, generating over 200 jobs. The program includes a flexible 100-person conferencing center, breakout spaces, and a 2,000 sf café. The design reinterprets vernacular regional climate-responsive strategies—the slatted shutter, the landscaped courtyard water feature, the sheltered porch—to provide a facility that is both of its place and of its time.
2012 AIA New Orleans Honor Award
2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award
2014 Good Design is Good Business Award
2014 Green Good Design Award
2014 IIDA Delta Region Award of Excellence
2013 American Architecture Award
2012 AIA Louisiana Honor Award
2012 AIA New Orleans Honor Award
High efficient façade
Water-saving sanitary appliances
Sustainable building materials
Low-emitting materials and finishes
High efficient lighting
Sustainable sourced timber
Smart design (passive design strategies)
This project uses less energy per square foot than 89% of the buildings in the Labs21 benchmarking database of over 400 lab/office buildings nationally, 67% below the median EUI (343kBtu/sf/yr - ). The actual utility bills for the initial 12 month period (117kBtu/sf/yr) closely track that projected by computer simulation (119 kBtu/sf/yr). This savings of 224kBtu/sf/yr is like making a net-zero building of almost any other building type.
This level of verified performance has been achieved through a combination of an efficient building skin employing strategically deployed glazing with solar controls, highly targeted controls of airflow, temperature, and lighting for virtually every space, and an efficient central plant.
It is reinforced at the operations level by fine-grained energy and comfort monitoring. Each ~1000sf lab + support area unit is individually metered, enabling the building owner to track and compare lighting and plug load consumption, identifying best-practice high performers.
73% of site energy use is electricity, with purchase agreements in place for carbon-neutral sources, and the roof has been made solar-ready with attachment footings and conduit in place for future PV.
120 kBtu/sf-yr Measured during occupancy
370 kBtu/sf-yr Measured EUI typical of this building type & size
68% savings Measured vs typical of this building type & size
119 kBtu/sf-yr (24% better than code) Model prediction: As designed
157 kBtu/sf-yr Model prediction: If designed to just meet code
117.00 KBtu/ft² (369.087 KW/m²)
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New Orleans Bioinnovation Center
Eskew + Dumez + Ripple
NBBJ , Doug Parris , Eskew + Dumez + Ripple
Building services engineer:
Christopher Rousseau , Newcomb & Boyd
Newcomb & Boyd
Green certification consultant:
Adams Management , William Hucks
Daly-Sublette , Newcomb & Boyd
Morphy Makofsky Inc. , Stephan Bernick
Turner Universal , Kevin Overton
Gibbs Construction , Suzan Matherne
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LEED NC v2.2 Gold