Last week the I²SL New England Chapter organized and hosted a social and tour of The Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, CT. For those unfamiliar with Jackson Laboratory (JAX), it is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. Situated on 16 acres adjacent to the University of Connecticut Health Center‘s Farmington campus, JAX Genomic Medicine is a new laboratory designed collaboratively by TK&A and Centerbrook.
The program started with a networking social hour with light refreshments. Attendees mingled among the lobby and were soon ushered into the facility’s state-of-the-art 200-seat auditorium. Here we heard from Jim Buckley, JAX Facilities Manager and Norm Burdzel, JAX Facilities Engineer about what our evening and tour would entail. They introduced Yu-Hui Rogers who explained the difference between genetics vs genomics, the type of research that occurs, and why it is so important. Research conducted here will benefit from knowledge-sharing and collaborative relationships with a multitude of institutional research, government and private business partners. The facility will create a collaborative and adaptable research environment, to facilitate the dissemination of new knowledge and forge a collegial community as the epicenter of this new scientific cluster.
After Rogers provided a background on the type of research being conducted, we learned more about the construction and facility as a whole from Andrew Santaniello of Centerbrook. Santaniello even provided us the project’s vision: To create a facility to support research which comes to understand the complex gene networks that cause disease; and to create a road map for comprehensive diagnostic and individually tailored therapeutic interventions.
Location: Farmington, CT
Owner: Jackson Laboratory
Design start: February 2012
Construction start: November 2012
Completion date: October 2014
Substantial completion: September 2014
Total gross size: 189,000 GSF
NASF: 109,875 SF
Building population: 330
Sustainable goal: LEED Gold
As a part of their LEED Gold certification numerous energy efficiency measures were taken to ensure achieving their gold status. One of these measures was choosing Aircuity Facility Monitoring Systems to lower the necessary air change rates while still maintaining the same safety precautions needed in a research facility of it’s kind. Our very own Tom Proietti took the podium to discuss the use of Aircuity in the facility.
Tom logged-in to JAX’s account on the live Aircuity customer interface. He showed us how each Aircuity sensor signals main sensor suites throughout the building, which then signal the main cloud-base data center. From there you can view the readings of each sensor to read and measure the levels of various components that effect air quality, like dew point and carbon dioxide. He demonstrated how easy it is to run a report and create a graph of occurrences that may happen in any given day, or time frame that alter the air change rates.
Take a look below at a quick compilation of the team that made this Bioscience project possible!
Meet the Team:
Architectural Team: Centerbrook & Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)
MEP/FP/IT: BR+A & BVH Integrated Services
Lab Planning: Jacobs Consultancy & TK&A
Civil & Structural: BVH Integrated Services
Construction Manager: Whiting Turner
Cost Estimating: Gilbane, Whiting Turner & Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Owners Program Manager: Gilbane
Landscape: Stephen Stimson Associates
Geotechnical: Haley & Aldrich
Flood Plain/Environmental Land Use: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB)
Acoustic/AV/Vibration: Jaffe Holden
Architectural Lighting: Atelier Ten
Food Service: RJS Barber Associates
Code: Phil Sherman
Specifications: Kalin Associates
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