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University of California at Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Building

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Heather West


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University of California

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112,000 sq. feet

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The University of California at Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley’s) newly opened Energy Biosciences Building is the most energy efficient building on campus, thanks in part to window systems from Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

The 112,000-square-foot Energy Biosciences Building (formerly Helios Energy Research Facility and commonly referred to as the Helios building) houses UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute, a collaborative project between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois.

According to lead architect Johnny Wong of San Francisco-based SmithGroup JJR, the Helios building was designed and constructed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED® Silver criteria or higher. The building already has received the Overall Sustainable Design Award by the Higher Education Energy Partnership Program of California.

Located at the sloped site on the northwest corner of the university’s 1,232-acre campus, the Helios building rises to six floors on the northern end and five on the south, tapering to three levels and then one at the southernmost end. The $133 million Helios building began with the demolition of an abandoned state health building in 2009. Construction was substantially completed in July 2012. The first of more than 300 researchers moved into the new facility this August.
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