Monday, January 4, 2010
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation broke ground on its new “green” research tower. The facility will add 185,000 square feet of laboratory, administrative and clinical research space to OMRF’s campus—and will generate a portion of the energy it uses through 24 wind turbines that will sit atop its roof.
“This tower will be the first medical research facility anywhere to harness the wind to help power its labs,” OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D., said. “It will be a model of energy efficiency and resource preservation. Just as importantly, it will serve as the keystone for the largest expansion in OMRF’s 63-year history.”
“Most people design a building and then ask, ‘How can we make this green?’” said Prescott. “We worked to install the green features first, and then we designed the rest of the building around those features.”
Perkins and Will are serving as the chief architects for the project with architectural integration of renewable energy and sustainable assets provided by Synergy International.