The Emory University Prototype Laboratory and Resource Library is an interior renovation of a 30-year-old university chemistry library that was uninviting and underused. Emory University challenged the design team to use this as a pilot project to demonstrate innovations that could be used in a larger research facility.
To accomplish this goal, the architect COST PER SQ FT$300.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation the space using themes of transparency, layering and connection as metaphors for the new frontiers of research.
The project’s 10,000 square feet of space are subdivided into two primary functions: a synthesis chemistry laboratory and an information resource library. Glass walls provide strong visual connections and safely segregate these zones. Interaction spaces at several scales have been incorporated into the plan, including casual huddle spaces. The “wet” synthesis chemistry laboratory features quick disconnects, relocatable chemical fume hoods and flexible laboratory furniture.
The project was designed using the USGBC LEED CI system for sustainability to qualify for a minimum of a silver rating. It is expected to meet the gold level should the project be submitted for LEED certification.