Machine in the Garden: An Exemplary LEED Platinum Project

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Thursday, August 25, 2016
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CDT

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Using the Mathias Laboratory project completed by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in 2015 on the Rhode River at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay—a 90,000 square foot, 5 acre, LEED Platinum laboratory renovation and expansion project, completed September 2014—the session demonstrates how to deliver a project in which the building interior and exterior landscape are so fluidly linked in design expression, water management systems, and sustainability efforts that it redefines the programmatic potentials for laboratories. The project's inextricable interior-exterior design, large-scale incorporation of natural systems, and novel calibration capabilities—in addition to its striking innovative, experiential, and beautiful aesthetics—allow users to experience an actual living laboratory that conveys resilience in unusually vivid and evolutionary forms. In its re-imagining of the potential for infrastructural integration, form, and aesthetics—particularly the green and blue systems—the Mathias Lab provides a powerful model for rethinking site design and building-landscape relationships. It is an unusually integrated project achieved by an extraordinarily, continuously integrative process between all disciplines and the client, from concept until post-occupancy.