Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus

Ashburn, VA
Owner: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects PC
Engineer: Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates
Contract Value: $52 Million

Located on a 281-acre farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus will house a multidisciplinary, collaborative community of scientists who will be tasked with expanding the boundaries of biomedical research.  The plan for Janelia Farm grew out of an acknowledgment by HHMI leaders that while most biomedical problems are handled well in a university setting, there are some that might be better addressed in a place where small groups of researchers with different skills can work together without the barriers typically encountered at a university.  The campus consists of a 550,000 square foot, three-level research building; a 96 room hotel and conference center and additional townhouse style buildings for visiting scientists.

The mechanical system for the research laboratory consists of two 1500 hp and one 900 hp dual fired (gas and propane) fire tube boilers, five 1200 ton centrifugal chillers with accompanying cooling towers, 15 central air handling units moving a total of 675,000 cfm of air, 50 fans moving an additional 1,175,000 cfm of air all through 2 million pounds of duct.  In addition, there are 16 base mounted pumps moving 35,000 gpm of chilled, condenser and hot water through 102,000 linear feet of HVAC pipe.

The plumbing system for the lab consists of over 500 plumbing fixtures and 1100 laboratory fixture connections.  The plumbing systems total 101,000 linear feet of pipe for the storm, sanitary, domestic hot and cold, laboratory (RO), lab air, lab vacuum and animal watering systems.

In addition to the research facility there is also a 96 room hotel and conference center consisting of vertical fan coil units and high quality plumbing fixtures.