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Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research
Dayton, Ohio

  • project Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research
  • client Wright State University
  • architect BHDP Architecture
  • general contractor Smoot Construction
  • electrical planning Heapy Engineering

The Mathew O. Diggs III Lab­o­ra­tory for Life Sci­ence Research was funded in part by a gift from Matthew Diggs Jr., a former uni­ver­sity trustee, with a deep inter­est in life sci­ences research, and his wife, Nancy. The build­ing was named in memory of their son. Opened Novem­ber 8, 2007, the highly energy-effi­cient build­ing was offi­cially rated LEED NC-Gold by the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil in 2008. This pres­ti­gious award places Wright State Uni­ver­sity at the fore­front of green build­ing design, since Diggs Lab­o­ra­tory is the first lab­o­ra­tory in Ohio to receive the LEED-NC Gold status.

Research lab­o­ra­to­ries typ­i­cally con­sume four times more energy than a normal class­room build­ing. There­fore, Wright State Uni­ver­sity decided to use LEED (Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design) as a guide in con­struct­ing the 45,000 square foot sci­ence build­ing using energy-effi­cient prac­tices. In addi­tion to energy reduc­tion the build­ing will con­serve water, create an sus­tain­able indoor envi­ron­ment, improve occu­pant com­fort, and above all teach stu­dents and vis­i­tors about envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. The Diggs Lab­o­ra­tory pro­vides much needed lab­o­ra­tory space for the life sci­ence research ini­tia­tive within the Col­lege of Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics and the Col­lege of Med­i­cine at Wright State Uni­ver­sity.

This state0of-the-art facil­ity incor­po­rates the Selux Tri­an­gu­lar Column to enlighten its entry­ways. Selux is proud to be a part of this LEED-Gold cer­ti­fied facil­ity.

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