Iowa State University Advanced Teaching and Research Building

Iowa State University's new Biosciences Facility needed LEED Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning services to ensure energy efficiency was meeting the intended goals.


Ames, IA


121,600 sq ft





LEED Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning services were needed for Iowa State’s advanced new teaching and research building – a 121,600 square-foot facility with six floors and a partial basement. The second through fifth floors contain plant pathology and microbiology laboratories used for entomology, genetics and cell biology research. The remainder of the building houses teaching facilities, a 120-seat lecture auditorium, departmental offices, and service areas. The research greenhouses and mechanical penthouse are on the roof.


As a result of previous partnerships, key learnings from other projects were applied to the design document review, for a more efficient process. Involvement in construction inspections became more frequent leading up to start-up, and commissioning meetings were held all the way through turnover to ensure contractors had appropriately corrected any deficiencies. The Test and Balance (TAB) work is being handled by a TAB subcontractor.


Some of the interesting features include redundant variable volume AHUs and exhaust energy recovery units that are tied into parallel risers to allow for building operation on a single AHU. In addition, lab and office controls utilize the lighting control occupancy sensors to stage between occupied and standby setpoints for energy savings. Lastly, the office occupancy sensors are also tied into controlled electrical receptacles.

Key Contacts:
Robert Linder, PE, NEBB CP, LEED AP
Vice President, Performance Group
David Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Commissioning

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