LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere

August 17, 2017 by  
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San Diego’s new BioMed Realty i3 campus is raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere. Perkins+Will recently designed the iconic science and research campus that’s on track for LEED Platinum certification and exemplifies the “work anywhere” culture. Filled with natural light and topped with green roofs, this environmentally progressive design features a wide variety of energy saving measures and reduces energy and water use by 30 and 20 percent. Located off Interstate 805, the Biotech Hub is the new home of leading genomics research and life sciences company illumina . The campus comprises three trapezoidal, all-white concrete buildings punctuated with landscaped gathering spaces, as well as a 33,500-square-foot outdoor courtyard at the campus heart that includes a performance stage, bocce ball court, herb garden, fitness area, restaurant, and cafe. Parking is hidden underground. Connectivity and collaboration are major themes of the campus design—i3 is 100 percent wireless—and employees are encouraged to work anywhere on campus they feel most comfortable at any time of the day. “The campus turns the stereotypical concept of a suburban research park right on its head, and makes it infinitely better,” said Ryan Bussard, principal at Perkins+Will. “Instead of a trove of uninviting office buildings surrounding a sea of asphalt parking lots, the i3 campus empowers people to connect, engage, collaborate, innovate, and—perhaps most important—be inspired.” Floor-to-ceiling glass lets in ample natural light and frames views of the surrounding mountains. Collaborative areas, such as the lounges and conference rooms, are connected directly to outdoor terraces . A variety of workspaces can accommodate different work styles and preferences. Related: World’s greenest and healthiest office crowned in Washington, D.C. The i3 campus is on track to earn LEED Platinum certification for the core and shell, while LEED Gold is expected for the interiors. The campus’ on-site fuel cells generate clean energy, while energy usage is minimized thanks to access to natural light, motorized and fixed sunshades, and energy-efficient fixtures. Responsible water management is a big part of the campus design. Recycled water sourced from a local utility irrigates the site and is used for cooling towers. Green roofs planted with heat- and drought-tolerated native plants filter and reduce stormwater runoff in conjunction with the on-site bio-filtration system and permeable pavers. Site-water mitigation tucked beneath the courtyard also helps reduce burden on the city’s local infrastructure. + Perkins+Will

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Apples stunning spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

April 21, 2017 by  
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Apple’s beautiful new campus nears completion and employees are set to move in this month. Videographer Duncan Sinfield’s got the latest visual scoop on the tech giant’s “spaceship” campus—officially named Apple Park—with his stunning drone footage of ongoing construction and a special nighttime close-up of the building interior. Hit the jump for the newest sneak peek into Apple’s futuristic campus. Drone pilot Sinfield has consistently provided the public with monthly visual updates of Apple’s 175-acre park in Cupertino since July 2015. Nearly two years later, his latest drone footage shows the campus transformed with the hilly landscape slowly filling in with trees, although turf has yet to be installed. Once complete, the site’s rolling hills will be covered with grassy fields, jogging paths, and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees. Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners , Apple Park prides itself on energy efficiency and will be powered entirely by 100-percent renewable energy. Rooftop solar amounts to 17 megawatts in one of the world’s largest on-site solar energy installations. The 2.9-million-square foot main ring-shaped building will be clad in the world’s largest panels of curved glass. The building is also projected to be one of the world’s largest naturally ventilated structures, requiring no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year. Related: Apple’s $5 billion spaceship campus to open in April as “Apple Park” The new 4K drone footage shows a nighttime peek of the interior, where construction workers are working around the clock to prep the campus for occupancy. The process of moving over 12,000 employees into the campus will begin this month and is expected to take over six months while construction continues through the summer. Apple Park will also feature a visitor’s center with an Apple Store and cafe open to the public. Screenshots via Duncan Sinfield

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Green Gokceada School Campus in Turkey will double as a community space that is open 24-hours a day

March 2, 2016 by  
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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

February 26, 2015 by  
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Heatherwick Studio and the Bjarke Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google’s new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex, other than that it will comprise of a series of “canopy like buildings,” the plans for which have been shared with city council members. But between Heatherwick’s artful structures and Bjarke Ingels ‘ radical designs, expectations are high for a striking new addition to Mountain View. Read the rest of BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , big , bike parks , bjarke ingels , campus , google HQ , googleplex , Green Building , headquarters , Heatherwick Studio , housing , mountain view , silicon valley , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thomas heatherwick

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

October 27, 2014 by  
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A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww , the ‘ Go With the Flow ‘ campaign makes some mighty convincing arguments. The University of East Anglia (UEA) students found that if everyone in the UK changed their early morning bathroom habits, it would save a staggering 190 million gallons of water , and £430 million ($692 million) each year. Read the rest of Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: campus , Drought , go with the flow , Norfolk , pee in shower , shower , showering , toilet flush , toilet flushing , uea , university of east anglia , water issues , water shortage , water usage

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Researchers Discover How Nature Makes Powerful Antibiotics That Defy Resistance

October 27, 2014 by  
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A team of researchers from the University of Illinois have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. By solving the decades-old mystery of how the naturally occurring antibiotic nisin is given its structure by the action of enzymes, the team have opened the way to the discovery, production and study of dozens of similar compounds. This type of compound could be useful in fighting food-borne diseases or dangerous microbial infections, and as an added bonus, the compounds also have properties that make it difficult for pathogens to develop resistance to them. Read the rest of Researchers Discover How Nature Makes Powerful Antibiotics That Defy Resistance Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotic resistance , antibiotics , biochemistry , chemistry , dehydratase , nisin , peptides , Satish K. Nair , superbugs , university of illinois , Wilfred van der Donk

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MenoMenoPiu Unveils Plans for Wind-Powered Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi

October 11, 2013 by  
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Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

August 30, 2013 by  
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Q&A: Harvard sustainability office keeps goals focused

April 11, 2013 by  
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Since 2008, Harvard's Office for Sustainability has unified the campus around its ambitious set of sustainability goals.

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Mapping our way to zero deforestation

April 11, 2013 by  
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Satellites help lead Nestlé to a more sustainable destination.

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