LEED BD+C: Core and Shell v3 - LEED 2009
LEED Gold 2012
At UALR, land is at a premium: the campus is already filled with academic, residential, and support services buildings. Consequently, the project team had to make the best use of limited space.
The Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences (CINS) is one of several LEED Gold buildings on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) campus. UALR is a public four-year research university in Little Rock, Arkansas and the second largest university by enrollment in the state of Arkansas. Located on more than 150 tree-lined acres in Arkansas' largest city, the UALR campus encompasses forty buildings for over 100 programs of study including special learning facilities such as a learning resource center, art galleries, radio station, television station, cyber café, and speech and hearing clinic. The campus is continuing to grow at a steady rate, creating the need for additional facilities.
UALR’s CINS is a unique facility that provides dedicated research space and specialized laboratories for the purpose of studying and developing nanomaterials and exploring the interface between nanomaterials, plant biology, and mammalian biology. This facility stimulates collaborative efforts to synthesize nanomaterials with unique properties for a number of applications with potential for revolutionary scientific advancement.
CIBNS staff and students conduct research in collaboration with other university departments (Chemistry, Biology, and Applied Science) and other research institutions in the state, nation, and world. With the Science Laboratory and the Engineering and Information Technology building next door, the CINS fosters a sense of scientific community in the area. The Nanotechnology Center provides access to its research and human infrastructure to industry partners and technology spin-off companies. Two spin-off companies in Arkansas, Orlumet, LLC and Poly Adaptive, LLC, have been established to commercialize some of these technologies.
The 50,534 square-foot building contains laboratories, offices, and a rooftop greenhouse. The ground floor consists of the main entry from the major pedestrian axis of campus, a conference room with adjacent break area, service areas, and lab spaces that will house vibration- sensitive equipment. The four upper floors house specialized chemistry/biology/physics laboratories, office space, a classroom lecture hall, and graduate student spaces. The offices provide much-needed space for Dr. Biris, his nine-member research team, and other staff. The roof has a 1,500 square foot greenhouse with future space for a second greenhouse and rooftop mechanical units.
At the forefront of scientific discovery, the CINS is housed in a state-of-the-arts facility built with efficient technologies and sustainable materials. With this facility, UALR demonstrated the strength of their commitment to sustainability. UALR made a concerted effort to build this facility as efficiently as possible even though most laboratories are notoriously inefficient. Despite the huge energy demand of laboratory equipment, the CINS achieved a 26% improvement in energy efficiency when compared with ASHRAE 90.1 2007 standards. Without compromising energy efficiency, the project team increased ventilation in the laboratories to maintain excellent indoor air quality. With its Gold Certification, the CINS shows that sustainable design can--and should be--an integral part of high-tech research and higher education.