Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies Renovation & Addition, Phase II
George Mason University: Fairfax, VA
The Krasnow Institute, located on the main campus of George Mason University, is a world-class research facility focused on the study of human cognition and the brain.
Phase II of this project consisted of an interconnected three-story 15,300-SF addition to the existing Phase I structure, and provided expanded BSL-2 laboratories, a 2,700-SF vivarium, offices, a mass spectrometer room, a cold room, and suites for microscopy, histology, freezer/storage, electronics, and cell culture. Renovations were also made to 2,400-SF in the existing structure. The $11 million project was delivered using the design-build delivery method.
JPA’s design increased the capacity of the existing chilled water system by placing a new chiller in series with the existing. An emergency, back-up condensing boiler was also incorporated into the design to provide redundancy for the existing system. The air handling equipment supporting the laboratory spaces included fully redundant 100% outdoor air units with HEPA filtration and centralized fume hood exhaust systems. A new 500kW diesel emergency generator serves both buildings, with the original generator reallocated to serve the MRI facility in the existing building.
Photos © Alain Jaramillo Architectural Photography
Architect: LSY Architects