LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v3 - LEED 2009
UAMS WPR Cancer Institute Flrs 9 and 11
LEED Gold 2013
LEED gold certification demonstrates that UAMS is a good steward of the public funds. Scientists can pursue a wide array of cancer research projects in the laboratories.
As the only health sciences university in Arkansas, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) plays an essential role in the state’s healthcare system. UAMS operates many education, research and clinical programs throughout the state. A leader in the state, UAMS has made sustainability a top priority at its main campus in Little Rock. Demonstrating the university’s commitment to sustainable building, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Floors 9 and 11 became the first project at UAMS to achieve LEED Gold Certification in 2009. The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is Arkansas' premier cancer research and treatment facility. The Cancer Institute expansion tower is a shared-use building, combining patient care, administrative offices, and research oriented space. The lower floors provide space for patient care while the higher floors house research labs.
On the 9th and 11th floor, a mixture of flexible laboratory and office space sets the stage for groundbreaking advances in cancer research. The 9th and 11th floors provide a unique environment for collaborative research with no general public access. The two floors have a total of 16,052 square feet of research space and 12,026 square feet of office and interaction space for faculty and support personnel. The 9th floor has two laboratories with open bench configurations that provide for 13 lab modules while the 11th floor has three laboratories and 21 lab modules. Fourteen rooms on the 9th floor and eighteen rooms on the 11th floor house chemical fuel hoods, biological safety cabinets, microscopes, and other resources. The project also includes 13 office suites for faculty, open space for administrative staff, and a secured room for files with desk modules for post-docs, graduate students and technicians. Each floor has two conference rooms, a library, and coffee bar/break rooms, all deliberately designed to maximize collaboration.
UAMS prioritized sustainability on this project. UAMS received funding for the project through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Grant sponsored by the National Institute of Health, with the stipulation that the project would achieve LEED certification. While UAMS strives for energy efficiency in all their buildings, the ARRA grant encouraged UAMS to build even more efficiently. Creating a safe, healthy environment was another motivation for LEED certification. As a health-care institute, UAMS holds high standards for indoor air quality on campus. In the Cancer Institute, these standards are even higher because cancer patients need high-quality, germ-free air to breathe.
The Gold-certified floors of the Cancer Institute are pioneers in sustainability as well as cancer research. The project team designed the two floors to foster collaboration and allow for flexibility and adaptability. With increased collaboration among researchers and access to optimal laboratory space, the Cancer Institute’s design should lead to quicker breakthroughs in cancer research. Hopefully, the Cancer Institute will produce much-needed advances in cancer treatment and prevention.