Project
Colkett Translational Research Building
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Ballinger
Client: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Services: Energy
Green
Property: Healthcare
LEED: LEED NC Silver 2009 (phase one) ; LEED NC Gold 2011 (phase two)
Size: 360,000 (phase one) 500,000 (phase two)

This 3-million square foot expansion to an existing patient care and research facility consists of world-class research, clinical research, office, ambulatory care, and support spaces.  The project was built in several phases. Vidaris assisted the project team in identifying and implementing base-building and laboratory-specific resource conserving practices (energy, water and material), and also supported the project’s selection of environmentally preferable materials protection of indoor environmental quality.

Vidaris also analyzed the master plan to determine how to best integrate the sustainability goals with the construction phasing (including utilizing the LEED for Campuses application guide).  Vidaris studied LEED certification options for single-phase applications, combined phase applications, as well as a campus application program.

Lab-specific energy conserving strategies, examined via modeling, include sensible recovery, variable volume exhaust, variable volume fume hoods, and use of the laboratory glycol heat recovery system.  Additional lab-specific strategies proposed include water conservation with RODI reject water used as grey water and use of low-emitting paints and coatings as high-performance products.