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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences



Named for Henry Bryant Bigelow, a scientist and pioneer of modern oceanography, Bigelow Laboratory was founded in 1974 as a private, non-profit research institution. The new 55,563-square-foot ocean research laboratory is dedicated to analyzing ecosystems of the world oceans and their impacts on local and global environments. Thornton Tomasetti provided sustainability consulting and energy modeling services for all phases of the project.

The building is organized into three wings that house separate laboratories and research spaces. The solar orientation and open courtyards between each wing help to maximize natural light in the building and create a comfortable and energy efficient work environment.

One of the key features of the project is the building’s unique daylighting design. Elements such as window shading, daylight-responsive lighting controls and dimmable ballasts were also installed to lower lighting demand and allow interior spaces to take full advantage of the natural light. Energy recovery and other high-efficiency equipment provide a 54 percent energy cost savings. High-pressure, low-flow water fixtures achieve a 45 percent reduction in water use. The 66 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof provide 19.21 kW of energy.

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