Wednesday, January 28, 2015

INL building hailed as Best Green Project

The Energy Innovation Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory’s newest research facility was selected as the Best Green Project in the nation for 2014 by the construction magazine Engineering News-Record.

The Energy Innovation Laboratory was chosen as the winner for exceptional sustainable design and construction from nearly 700 projects designed and built in the United States. The gateway to INL's Research and Education Campus in Idaho Falls, EIL has now received regional, national and international acclaim for sustainable design and construction.

As a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum facility, the EIL consolidates research and development to enable innovative solutions for national energy challenges, advanced clean energy and related environmental projects.

“The outstanding success of this project is due to the expertise of the project team led by Reed Miller of Ormond Builders and Kath Williams, the LEED coordinator,” said Todd Allen, INL Science and Technology deputy lab director. “The team’s collaboration with INL’s Project Management Office, Supply Chain Management and Campus Development Office produced a nationally recognized facility.”

Completed in late 2013, the 148,000-square-foot EIL has earned the U.S.
Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification. Worldwide, fewer than 5 percent of research labs in the LEED registry are Platinum-certified.

The ENR Best Green Project national award honors the efforts of many individuals and organizations – including Ormond Builders, Inc., Plan One/Architects, Engineering System Solutions, INL as the tenant plus other firms – over the course of several years.

The entire project team – from architects to project managers to hundreds of workers who built the EIL – overcame challenges and difficulties to construct the research facility to the highest international green standards, said John Baker, INL Project Management Office director of planning, estimating and scheduling. “In the design and construction arena, this is a huge honor,” Baker said, “and we are humbled to be chosen from among outstanding projects throughout America.”