MCSRIC Institute of Oceanography in Georgia wins LEED-Gold

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s new research building, The Marine & Coastal Science Research & Instructional Center (MCSRIC), in Savannah, Ga., will be awarded with LEED-Gold Certification plaque at an awards ceremony on Oct. 19, 2010. The Savannah Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be presenting the ‘green’ honour. The $5 million MCSRIC, which has achieved LEED-Gold certification, was completed by US-based Choate Construction, the founding company member of the Georgia USGBC. The new facility has been designed to allow the Skidaway Institute to expand its research in several areas. Designed by architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the new research building provides high-quality laboratory space in a bright, open, airy and environmentally-sensitive setting. The single-storey building spanning 11,000 square feet is expected to be 31% more energy-efficient than a comparable building of a similar use and size constructed with conventional energy strategies, and to use 45% less water when compared with a baseline, or traditional building.

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