Put your hands together for the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a winner of the Architectural Record's "Good Design is Good Business" award. The annual top ten list gives a shout-out to structures that showcase smart design and how it can affect an organization's bottom line. Designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, the BioInnovation Center opened on a former brownfield site on Canal Street in 2011 as an incubator for biotech start-ups and it is now home to 35 companies. Green is a theme here at the first LEED Gold certified lab in the city where sunscreens keep soaring Entergy bills at bay, air conditioning condensation flows to the courtyard fountain and provides irrigation, and storm water is collected in a "60,000-gallon-capacity crushed-stone sub-base" beneath the parking lot. Worker bee perks at the $38 million building include balcony access on each of the four floors, a 2,000-square-foot retail/food service set-up, and a 100-person conference center. Right this way for a full list of this year's winners.
· Good Design is Good Business 2014 awards [Architectural Record]
· New Orleans BioInnovation Center [official site]