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New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 0 © Timothy Hursley
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 1 © Will Crocker
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 2 © Timothy Hursley
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 3 © Will Crocker
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 4 © Timothy Hursley
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 5 © Timothy Hursley
New Orleans Bioinnovation Center / 6 © Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

AWARDS

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

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Shading system

High efficient façade

Water-saving sanitary appliances

Sustainable building materials

Low-emitting materials and finishes

High efficient lighting

Daylight sensors

Sustainable sourced timber

Smart design (passive design strategies)

Daylighting maximised

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

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.

Performance Metrics

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

ENERGY DATA

Energy consumption:

117.00 KBtu/ft² (369.087 KW/m²)

Consumption type:

Annual carbon footprint:

N/A (N/A )

Climate zone:

Temperate

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Temperate

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CLIENT

Client:

New Orleans Bioinnovation Center

DESIGNERS

Architect:

Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

Architect:

NBBJ , Doug Parris , Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

CONSULTANTS

Building services engineer:

Christopher Rousseau , Newcomb & Boyd

Energy consultant:

Newcomb & Boyd

Green certification consultant:

Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

Manager:

Adams Management , William Hucks

Specialist consultant:

Daly-Sublette , Newcomb & Boyd

Structural Engineer:

Morphy Makofsky Inc. , Stephan Bernick

CONTRACTORS

Contractor:

Turner Universal , Kevin Overton

Sub contractor:

Gibbs Construction , Suzan Matherne

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PROJECT INFO

Building type:

Industry

Year:

2011

Project Status:

Built

Gross Area:

65500 Sqft

Certificates:

LEED NC v2.2 Gold

Climatic zone:

Temperate

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