Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

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Houston Advanced Research Center

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Constrcution Cost: $7.5 million

Project Size: 20,000 SF

Performed Whole Building Life-cycle Assessment as part of LEED Pilot Credit

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

The Woodlands
Texas

Walter P Moore worked with Gensler to provide integrated structural engineering and sustainability consulting services for this 20,000 SF boutique high-performance office building for a not-for-profit client. HARC, a research hub missioned to illuminate and solve difficult issues in the areas of air quality, clean energy, and water quality and supply, desired a headquarters designed to not only provide office space, but that would also serve as an educational tool for sustainable technologies. The structure is currently under construction and anticipates a spring 2017 opening. The project is currently targeting a LEED Platinum rating, and if achieved will be the first LEED Platinum building in The Woodlands, a master planned community north of Houston. As part of Walter P Moore’s sustainable design Dirk Kestner performed a Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment to evaluate multiple structural systems and developed a strategy to reduce the embodied CO2 of the structural and enclosure systems by 20% as compared to conventional construction. The results of the LCA were documented and submitted as part of the project’s LEED documentation.

The structure is currently under construction and anticipates a spring 2017 opening. The project is currently targeting a LEED Platinum rating, and if achieved will be the first LEED Platinum building in The Woodlands, a master planned community north of Houston. As part of Walter P Moore’s sustainable design Dirk Kestner performed a Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment to evaluate multiple structural systems and developed a strategy to reduce the embodied CO2 of the structural and enclosure systems by 20% as compared to conventional construction. The results of the LCA were documented and submitted as part of the project’s LEED documentation.

Read more about our stewardship efforts here: A Living Prototype for Sustainability Along the Gulf Coast