ISU: Biorenewables Research Laboratory

  • Owner:
    Iowa State University
  • Location:
    Ames, IA
  • Type:
    New Construction
  • Size:
    73,000 SF
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This three-story, state-of-the-art teaching / research center includes large teaching and fume-hood labs, a bioreactor room, locker rooms, offices, and numerous community spaces.

Sustainable elements of the building include ample natural lighting, rain water recovery and reuse, a chilled-beam cooling system, doors and cabinetry made from bamboo, a partially vegetated roof, the use of recycled content in building materials, and landscaping that includes native plantings and biomass crop specimens such as switchgrass.

This project received the Minnesota Construction Association Project Achievement Award and the ABC of Iowa Award of Excellence.