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Three AEI Project Winners Announced in Lab Manager’s 2022 Design Excellence Awards

AEI is thrilled to announce three firm projects were recently honored in Lab Manager’s 2022 Design Excellence Awards competition, including the California Institute of Technology's (Caltech) Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Southern California Headquarters, and the University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

Recognizing and honoring excellence in research laboratory planning, design, and construction, this prestigious awards program celebrates the best among the lab design community across three key categories — innovation, sustainability, and safety.

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Featuring an array of flexibly designed lab environments, the Chen Neuroscience Research Building consumes 30 percent less energy than a typical lab building.

Excellence in Innovation

Envisioned as a catalyst for change, the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building on Caltech's campus creates a new beacon for breakthrough biomedical research and innovation dedicated to advancing our understanding of the human brain.

With a dual focus of sustainability and innovation, the project provides highly specialized, technologically advanced, flexible research labs in a LEED Gold-certified facility designed to maximize energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Excellence in Sustainability

Achieving Excellence in Sustainability, CARB's Southern California Headquarters sets a new standard for high-performance engineering and sustainable design — producing more energy than it uses. The largest and most advanced zero net energy (ZNE) emissions testing and research facility of its kind in the United States, the building incorporates a suite of climate-responsive systems and strategies, such as photovoltaic panels, battery storage, and water reuse.

A symbol of climate action, it is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification and California CALGreen Tier 2 thresholds for overall sustainability and energy efficiency.

CARB's new emissions testing and research facility provides an advanced platform dedicated to improving global transportation and air quality.

Modern labs featuring the latest equipment and technology are designed to accelerate scientific research and development at University of Oregon's Knight Campus.

Honorable Mention, Sustainability Category

Featuring an array of high-performance engineered systems that contribute to its LEED Gold certification, the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (Knight Campus) is designed to meet the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development’s rigorous standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The culmination of an integrated project team effort and holistic approach to campus planning and design, the facility contributes to a robust campus ecosystem at the University of Oregon dedicated to improving society through accelerated scientific research and technological innovation.

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