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Bioengineering Building designated LEED Gold facility

Staff Report

The award-winning Bioengineering Building located at 68 President St. was completed in 2012 and is now officially certified as the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold research facility on the MUSC campus. 

The Bioengineering Building, which is 96,041 square-feet, is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold research facility on the medical university campus. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto
The Bioengineering Building, which is 96,041 square-feet, is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold research facility on the medical university campus. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

Some of the most noticeable features that contributed to this certification and the resulting 21.5 percent energy cost savings are:

  • Occupancy sensors
  • Lighting controls and task lighting
  • R20 wall insulation
  • High-reflectance R20 roof
  • Double-pane tinted PPG glass windows
  • Window and building overhangs
  • Exterior lighting (savings of 36.1 percent)
  • Highly efficient HVAC system with heat recovery

“The Bioengineering Building is an important milestone in the development of our broad mission in education, research and health care. It’s the only thematic-focused, interdisciplinary research facility in the state to house faculty from all three research universities in South Carolina,” said Stephen Lanier, Ph.D., associate provost for research.

Labs inside the building also have additional features such as low-flow faucets and toilets as well as built-in recycling centers on every floor. For information, visit academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/itfr/central/rooms/bioengineering%20building/. Photo provided by Caroline Davila
Labs inside the building also have additional features such as low-flow faucets and toilets as well as built-in recycling centers on every floor. Photo provided by Caroline Davila

Joined by a walkway to the Drug Discovery and Basic Science buildings, the Bioengineering Building is part of the Clyburn Research Complex. The complex provides a home for several of the S.C. SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence, the MUSC Center for Biomedical Imaging, the College of Graduate Studies and the Hollings Cancer Center programs in genomics and in cancer prevention and control.

The building was awarded the exemplary project award by the U.S. Green Building Council, S.C. chapter, for its environmental, social and economic success, as well as its ability to inspire others. It was designed by Stevens & Wilkinson, architect and engineering; Goody Clancy, associate architect; Brassfield & Gorrie, contractor; commissioned by Energy Ace; and Urban Edge Studio, landscape architect.

For information, visit academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/itfr/central/rooms/bioengineering%20building/.

September 4, 2013
 
 
 

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