The Center for Emerging Technologies at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CET at CU-ICAR) recently received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The CU-ICAR Campus houses 5 occupied buildings of which one is LEED® Silver and three have obtained LEED® Gold Certification. The project recently received the SC AIA Honor Design Award in May.
Designed by LS3P, and constructed by Sherman Construction, the CET provides 35,000 SF on two upper levels for offices and 25,000 SF of high-bay space for research labs. Located in the heart of the CU-ICAR campus, the project is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate start-up companies performing applied research. located within the CET is the Component Testing Lab, which houses a Vibration Chamber, Shaker System, and Solar Chamber.
“We are proud to have received this certification, a tribute to our focus on collaboration and sustainability” said Fred Cartwright, Executive Director for CU-ICAR.
The building design anticipates frequent changes in users of both the office space and the lab space. The office areas feature raised accessible flooring to accommodate quick changes in the HVAC, power distribution and data infrastructure. The lab areas feature open high-bay space with grade-level access and a full range of utility systems. The structural frame maximizes open space with minimal conflicts for column bays. Sustainable features in the design include highly efficient recyclable integrated metal panel skin; pervious pavement systems, and high efficiency lighting systems.