Qatar Foundation Fundamental Science Building

Elementa are currently delivering high level design and sustainability input for the prestigious Qatar Foundation’s new research and development centre piece. The Fundamental Science Building is a new 506,000 sqft state of the art laboratory/research facility located in Education City, Qatar. We are also the sustainability consultants for the masterplan, landscape and infrastructure. We’ve been working with Perkins + Will London, Atlanta, Washington DC and Raleigh to develop the design, and collaborating with Dar Group on infrastructure and local code compliance. Our concept design identifies strategic MEP opportunities such as:

  • Integrating significant renewable energy systems
  • Using the building form to enhance local microclimate
  • Applying best practice in high-performance lab design to reduce energy demands creating a high environmental quality that enhances health and wellbeing
  • Harvesting condensate to meet irrigation needs and other end uses
  • Establishing best practice
  • Contributing to diverse and sustainable masterplan infrastructures
  • Maximising flexibility and adaptability of the building to accommodate change

Elementa are providing Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health design as well as sustainability strategies utilising dynamic thermal modelling, leading energy workshops for the development and undertaking feasibility studies.

Our forward thinking design incorporates:

  • Active chilled beam system with demand control ventilation – delivering a 30% reduction in energy consumption compared to ASHRAE 90.1
  • Flexible lab modules served by interstitial plant and distribution, allowing clean rooms to be added to meet future needs
  • High performance building envelope, with building massing and form designed to create a passively cooled external route through the project
  • AHU condensate recovery, used for particulate removal, radiant cooling to courtyards, and exported (in vast quantities) to the site’s irrigation network
  • A PV installation across 70% of the roof, meeting 5% of building demands

The facility is the centre piece of a new R+D cluster focused on the challenges of energy and water security. It will be developing new science around grid power storage, desalination and environmental management. Capabilities that will be housed in the FSB include:

  • Nanoscale Imaging
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • Surface Characterization and Deposition
  • High Throughput Sequencing
  • Micro/ Nanofabrication
  • Vibration sensitive research a “Quiet”zone
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