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The J. Craig Venter Institute – La Jolla, California

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Project: The J. Craig Venter Institute
Location: La Jolla, California
Address: 4120 Capricorn Lane 92037
Architect: ZGF Architects
MEP Engineer: Integral Group and PE Innovations
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Completed: November 2013
Size: 44,607 SF

AE Interest: LEED Platinum certified in 2016 and net zero energy footprint – the first biology laboratory in the country to achieve both, utilizes captured stormwater for reuse in toilets and cooling towers, facility is pre-piped to allow the use of regional reuse water, two arrays of photovoltaic surfaces on the roof serve as both an energy source and shading structure, internal and external loads are controlled by heating and cooling via induction beams, uses two civil cisterns and one storage tank for rainwater storage, uses a 50,000 gallon Thermal Energy System for heat generation, no natural gas lines connected to it, unfinished wood was used to eliminate harmful chemical finishes and Portland Type II concrete was used to reflect heat, the budget was reduced by 70% but the building maintained its functionality and purpose, 100% collection and reuse of on-site rainwater.

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Written by Griffin Powell

December 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Built

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