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STEPS Laboratory

The STEPS Building houses Lehigh University's innovative new Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society program, which integrates the sciences, environmental studies, engineering and the social sciences.

Bullet LEED Gold
Bullet 135K SF
Bullet Storm water retention
Bullet Highly insulated building envelope
 
 

The multi-storied, 135,000 sf facility is located at the corner of Packer Avenue and Vine Street on the main Asa Packer Campus. The design team introduced technological and sustainable practices to achieve a fully integrated design. A substantial green roof on the one-story wing reduces heat and allows storm water retention. A highly insulated building envelope maximizes energy efficiency. Glass is low E, fritted and tinted depending on orientation; air-handling units are right-sized to conserve energy and lower fuel and operating costs.

Additional strategies include radiant heat, industrial low-speed fans and a building management system to track energy usage. The building's chase and shaft arrangement assures flexibility for repurposing as needed. Day-lighting strategies for light penetration, glare reduction and visual comfort contribute to a superior interior environment. To improve indoor air quality, the architects used natural materials, low- and zero-VOC products and applied high ventilation standards. The STEPS Building was recently awarded LEED Gold certification.

 

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