Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences at University of Rhode Island
In partnership with Payette Associates.The Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences is the first building to anchor the new Biotech North District at the University of Rhode Island. This LEED-Gold building embodies all of the University's aspirations to create world-class, environmentally responsive facilities. The structure’s sustainable features include a ‘green’ roof that is partially covered in vegetation that filters pollutants and reduces heating and cooling needs; a rain garden and storm water treatment feature with a sophisticated drainage and detention system; daylight harvesting technologies that brighten rooms and warm the floors; and an energy efficient heating and cooling system. One hundred percent of the wood used in construction was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to have come from forests managed in a sustainable way. About a third of the materials used in the building had been previously recycled. Speaking of recycled, 79 percent of construction waste was recycled. The energy efficiency measures installed in the building save about $135,000 per year in utility costs.