UT Southwestern Medical Center, C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building Dallas, Texas
- Sustainable Design
The Master Plan
A landscaped canal divides the North Campus on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s 60-acre site. For the precursory South side of the canal, OMNIPLAN designed three of its buildings: the Hamon Biomedical Research Building, the Pickens Biomedical Building and its adjacent Visitor Parking Garage. On the North side of the canal, the C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research building is the first—setting the organizational pattern and the architectural language for the remaining 6 phases of the master plan.
- #1 Largest LEED Silver-Certified laboratory space in Texas
- 12 Stories
- 8 Principal researchers per lab floor
- 14.3% Energy savings from the high-performance HVAC alone
The layout of each lab floor, along with its vertical circulation, is organized to promote spontaneous collaboration between researchers—cultivating interactive spaces where interdisciplinary discoveries can emerge.
The C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building is the largest LEED-Silver Certified laboratory space in Texas.
The building’s verticality achieves a favorable footprint-to-site ratio, minimizing impact on the surrounding ecosystems and maximizing each floor’s access to natural lighting.
Creative Reuse of Water
Below grade, a cistern collects rainwater to redistribute throughout an irrigation system designed to maintain the landscape.
Indoor Air Quality
Important to the building’s use as a 12-story sequence of research laboratories, the indoor air quality relies on meeting a minimum number of air-changes per hour.
Efficient Air Quality
Each air-change consumes energy, so a panel of doctors reassessed the building’s requisite minimum of air changes for unoccupied spaces.
The building was also awarded for excellence in energy and atmosphere.
The building’s high-performance HVAC system single-handedly contributed to 14.3% of the energy savings.
The roof’s solar reflective quality reduces heat transfer to the surface of the building—saving energy that would otherwise be used to cool the building.