ROCKEFELLER CANCER INSTITUTE
LITTLE ROCK, AR
- Size: 300,000 Square Feet
- Construction Cost: $130 Million
- Completion Date: 2010
Bernhard TME commissioned a twelve floor expansion of the Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The project added 300,000 square feet of research, clinical, and administrative space. The high-rise facility contains outpatient clinical services and expanded research laboratory space. Bernhard TME provided commissioning for the HVAC systems, building automation system, electrical systems, and lighting controls. The expansion was completed as a shelled space and the build out of individual floors occurred in phases.
One main feature of the new addition is a two-story skylight solarium and expansive atrium area that serves as a lobby for the building. The atrium is connected to nearby buildings by conditioned skywalk bridges.
All research labs within the expanded facilities meet BSL-2 criteria. Labs are designed with open arrangements to allow for flexibility in space utilization with a central equipment corridor. These specialized spaces had complex requirements for pressure, humidity, and temperature which required detailed commissioning of controls and equipment serving the areas.
The building’s design incorporated many sustainable design features, including a solar-shaded glass exterior, energy recovery wheel, variable air volume system, advanced lighting controls, and direct digital controls. The features, along with Bernhard TME’s LEED Enhanced commissioning, allowed laboratory research floors nine and eleven to achieve LEED Gold certification.