“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
US EPA Laboratory RTP, NC
The United States Enivronmental Protection Agency RTP opened in 2002 is a multi-building complex that contains over 600 laboratory modules and approximately 2000 scientists and support staff. The 1.2 million square foot complex consists of four 5 story lab buildings, three 2 story office buildings and a 6 story office tower.
The designer Hellmuth, Obata + Kassenbaum set out to achieve a solution that would encompass its client’s environmental goal. Which according to their website was, “The design embodies the EPA’s goals for preserving the natural environment, reducing energy use, conserving resources, preventing pollution and fostering education about sustainable design. Strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation are saving the EPA $2 million a year in operating costs.”
Some of the key environmental issues targeted for consideration during the design included: ecosystem protection, energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, and indoor environmental quality. The completed project also won the 2002 Washington DC Chapter AIA Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design.