Project Description

GSA Laboratory

The goal of this project was to create an enhanced facility to analyze imported materials and merchandise within reach of the Georgia Ports Authority, Savannah. It had high-security requirements due to its tenant—United States Customs and Border Patrol.

Due to advanced security needs, our design team had to take a unique approach to the exterior walls, utilizing pre-cast concrete wall panels as a strong, durable solution that would also ensure energy efficiency and streamlined construction timelines. To create visual interest in the concrete, the design team used deep-grained wood forms and warm color tones to visually soften the extreme exterior.

This sustainably designed facility contains 12 state-of-the-art laboratories, cleaning rooms and offices with expansive windows and light shelves to draw natural daylighting into the environments. The labs require significant mechanical needs and energy consumption, but we used unique approaches to the infrastructure design and achieved a LEED Silver certification.

Working within the project’s unique limitations and restrictions, we used a streamlined design and biophilic color and texture palettes to create a workplace environment that is a warm and welcoming contrast to its bold exterior. Within the development of the site, we incorporated outdoor elements such as bioswales and xeriscaping to conserve water and create natural, indigenous landscapes. The full result established an ultramodern, secure, LEED Silver-certified facility that enables this important government agency to provide efficient service.

LEED Silver Certified
Award of Excellence, Low-Rise category, Georgia Chapter, American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Research

We proudly design research and development labs for corporate, academic, and government facilities. Our work considers the most important factors in modern research facilities: environmental sustainability, collaboration-driven research, and flexibility for future advancements. Science and technology touches each of our lives, so our team seeks to design effective and streamlined work environments for the people creating products for a better, safer and more constructive world.

Project:  GSA Laboratory
Client:  General Services Administration
Location:  Savannah, GA
Project Size:  38,100 sq ft