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University of California, Davis – WBF by Flad Architects
September 27th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Flad Architects
“The new facility raises the bar for environmental design and construction of laboratory and process buildings within the University of California. It also serves as a model for industries throughout the nation that is committed both to environmental excellence and production efficiency.” Neal Van Alfen, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences”.
Agricultural heritage and scientific inquiry define a new place and new ways of learning for programs in viticulture, brewing, and food processing at UC Davis. The Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory (WBF) completes the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine (RMI). The building looks both toward an academic community and beyond to the region’s agricultural heritage.
WBF is inspired by those farm structures where clarity is fundamental to sustainability and informed simplicity can attain the poetic. WBF is an extended research and teaching environment, integrating bench-top science with applied process technologies. Unique for its type and broadly transformative in its potential, this facility carries academic investigation to industrial application. Researchers can directly test theories and validate new processes for cultivation and production in industrial conditions.
The building is, as well, an extended learning environment, educating students in sustainable production processes and operating procedures. It is a living model, where the effectiveness of energy efficient technologies is directly monitored and demonstrated in a highly sustainable setting. Entirely donor-funded, this is the first LEED® Platinum building on this campus and the third in the UC system.
It houses the world’s first LEED Platinum winery, first LEED Platinum brewery and first LEED Platinum food-processing pilot plant. It is one of about a half dozen laboratories and the first process science building to attain this level of performance. Platinum performance required specific innovations that engaged the vision of industry donors and addressed the demands of an arid climate. These features include:
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