Optional Lab Tours

Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference features tours of key local labs of various types. Tours will take place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015.The program starts off with a breakfast for all those registered for the morning tours(A,B and C). Buses will arrive for boarding approximately 8:30 a.m. and the tours will end around 12:30 p.m. back at the hotel.

Buses for the PM Tours (D and E) will depart from the hotel approximately at 1:45 pm and return to the hotel by 4:15 pm.

Each tour will go inside facilities with a facility manager and a member of the design team as tour guides. Lab tours can be added to a full conference registration for an additional fee of $85 each.

The line up of the 2015 Atlanta area tours are listed below: Tour A, Tour B, Tour C, Tour D and E.

2015 Tour A:

Georgia Tech, Engineered Biosystems Building
Atlanta, Georgia - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m

Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building will provide 218,880 gross square feet of flexible interdisciplinary laboratory space for researchers collaborating in the fields of Chemical Biology, Cell Therapies and Systems Biology. The project will create a unique environment that connects people from multiple disciplines and departments to focus on specific societal problems in a holistic manner. A principle goal of the design is to foster interaction between chemists, engineers, biologists and computational scientists from two separate Colleges, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. The project will also generate significant economic impact through new research awards and commercialization of technologies developed within. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification.

Georgia Tech, Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Lab
Atlanta, Georgia - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2013 Laboratory of the Year High Honors Winner

Georgia Tech has a clear mission for its new Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory: carbon neutral "net-zero site energy use." The facility sets a new standard for sustainable design for buildings of its type by optimizing passive energy technologies, reducing electricity loads, and maximizing the use of renewable energy. It houses a variety of energy research programs requiring large scale (high-bay) and intermediate scale (mid-bay) capabilities, and the design is intended to express its mission simply, directly and honestly; a "no frills" design. The laboratory has achieved LEED-NC Platinum certification.

2015 Tour B: 

Emory University, Atwood Hall
Atlanta, Georgia - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Cooper Carry began multi-phased renovations and additions to the Chemistry Center in 1996. This latest phase of this project, a 70,000 square foot addition and 40,000 square foot renovation, is designed to create a new “front door” for Emory’s multidisciplinary chemistry based research programs. Teaching and research space will be integrated with a shared focus on the building’s common space. Labs feature open plans, significant day lighting and “plug and play” laboratory furniture.


Emory University, Health Sciences Research Building
Atlanta, GA - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Designed by ZGF Architects, this 212,000 SF facility enhances translational research and provides connections to Emory's core campus. The program includes pediatric, cancer, immunology, and drug discovery research and is comprised of three components: a wet laboratory building; a dry research tower over public spaces; and a dry research bridge connecting to the main campus.

2015 Tour C: 

Kennesaw State University, Science Laboratory Building
Kennesaw, Georgia - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Buses for this tour will depart from the hotel at 8:00 am.

When booking your return trip home please note that the trip back to the hotel will take approximately 40 minutes.

The new 73,000 building addition enables the university to expand its masters’ degree offerings for integrative biology and chemical sciences. The addition houses undergraduate teaching labs on the ground floor with three floors of upper level research. Linking the addition to the existing science building, a multi-story atrium serves as a central commons for the college. This space brings people together for informal learning, productive impromptu conversations and formal events. 


The project is tracking LEED Gold certification with a significant focus on energy reduction.  The main energy recovery unit in the penthouse includes an enthalpy wheel for recovering energy from the lab general exhaust airstream and a heat pipe for recovering energy from the fume hood exhaust airstream.  Non fume hood intensive labs were designed to have a constant 6 air changes per hour while utilizing active chilled beams to handle the balance of the cooling load.  This reduction in outside air requirements from an industry norm of 10-12 air changes per hour decreases the building heating and cooling load significantly.  A welcome by-product of the chilled beams is that the labs are as quiet as a conference room.  Condensing boilers were provided to allow the hot water system to operate at 120°F, a 60°F reduction from typical systems.  This lower hot water temperature means that not only will less energy be lost from heat transfer through the piping, but allows the heat recovery chiller to efficiently transfer waste energy from the chilled water system to the heating hot water system.

2015 Tour D: 

Georgia Institute of Technology, Marcus Nanotechnology Building
Atlanta, Georgia - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.