UT Southwestern C. Kern Wildenthal Research Building Dallas, Texas
- Sustainable Design
Establishing the Pattern
As Phase V of UT Southwestern's 60-acre North Campus, the C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research building is the first building on the north side of the landscaped canal that divides the campus. The building sets the organizational pattern and architectural language for the remaining six phases of the masterplan created by OMNIPLAN.
The OMNIPLAN team has been a pleasure to work with. They took the time to listen and thoroughly understand our needs. The team has been responsive throughout the entire design and construction process and has been extremely instrumental in helping us create a new home for our department that will meet our needs for many years to come
- #1 Largest LEED Silver laboratory space in Texas
- 12 Stories
- 8 Principal researchers per lab floor
- 14.3% Energy savings from the high-performance HVAC alone
Flexibility for the Future
Though some floors may initially be dedicated to administrative and classroom areas, the modular design of the building and systems allows for easy conversion into laboratory space.
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.
Floorplan (with future phases shown)