The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has begun work on the $45m expansion of the Mathias Laboratory in Edgewater, Maryland, US.
The remodelling and expansion of the laboratory is expected to make the Mathias Laboratory one of the most energy-efficient laboratories in the US.
The project will reduce the environmental impact of the laboratory, including sources of power and materials used in the laboratory.
The expansion will add an area of 6,400m² to the laboratory while the project will also include remodelling of 1,950m² of existing space.
The laboratory will include sustainable features like geothermal power sources, roof-mounted solar panels, low-flow fume hoods, bicycle racks and solar panel recharging for electric vehicles.
Construction will proceed using materials sourced regionally to avoid long-distance transportation, and any wood used will come from sustainable sources.
Ewing Cole of Philadelphia is the architect for the project, while Hensel Phelps is the general contractor.
The Smithsonian will seek LEED Gold certification for the project from the US Green Building Council.