Image Courtesy: Dana Hoff
Image Courtesy: Dana Hoff

Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Laboratory II

40,000 FT2
Fort Pierce, FL, USA
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Life Safety and Fire Protection / Structural Engineering

Certified LEED v2.2 NC Gold, 2012

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Florida Atlantic University and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute joined forces for a new research building that includes a Class 10,000 clean room, 18 lab lines grouped in threes with 10’ X 6” modules, 40 offices and four bull pens housing five to six researchers each, all with views of the waterfront, the ultimate benefactor of their research.


Multiple structural systems, such as concrete tilt-up panels, were used to create a unified and cost-efficient design. Energy savings over the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline are modeled to achieve savings of 43% for cooling, 49% for fans and 18% for lighting. The building is served by a water-cooled central energy plant that provides chilled water to a combination of 100% outside air and recirculation-type air handling units.