Next Gen Design Innovation: Lab and Research Facilities of the Future

Jul 13, 2023 12:00PM



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Event Contact Twyla Neely-Streit | Email

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There is an increasing acknowledgement of the link between carbon reduction, healthy buildings, and the positive impact of each on building occupants. Promega Corporation’s Kornberg Center, completed in 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin wielded a global lens and next-generation, cross-disciplinary collaboration to create what ultimately has become one of the most sustainable and resilient laboratory research buildings in the world.

Join Illinois Green Alliance for a panel discussion with the project team to explore the architectural and engineering perspective of this unique design. During this session panelists will explore the following topics:

  • Explore how the Kornberg Center design process identified architectural, mechanical, structural, and construction synergies
  • Describe stacking multiple strategies combine for the greatest impact
  • Examine how a laboratory building can achieve a 65% reduction in energy use relative to comparable facilities despite its location in a cold northern climate
  • Describe sustainability features such as a full perimeter dual skin façade, natural ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, and active thermal slabs were woven into the building’s design


  • Jason Smith, AIA, SmithGroup
  • Rebecca Rodriguez, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Ramlow / Stein Architecture & Interiors
  • Robin Graves, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers, Inc

Continuing Education: LEED professionals may self report 1 CE hour for this program! We will send self reporting instructions to all attendees after the program.

Photos by ©Tricia Shay Photography