Utah State University has earned itself a shiny gold star – LEED Gold, that is, for its new Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) BioInnovations Center, a hub for cutting-edge and collaborative research projects on the university’s Logan campus.

This 118,000-square-foot building, which opened this month, is home to advanced life-sciences laboratories, providing a space for researchers to seek cures for a range of human and animal diseases. USTAR teams including Applied Nutrition Research, Synthetic BioManufacturing and Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Diseases occupy the facility, which was constructed at a cost of $60 million over the past three years.

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USTAR’s green features achieved a total of 42 points as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council, comfortably beating the 39 minimum points necessary for LEED Gold designation. Design and construction was led by project managers from the state Department of Facilities Construction Management, Gramoll Construction, AJC Architects and various management and research groups from the university.

“As a LEED Gold certified building, the USTAR BioInnovations Center is among the most sustainable, energy-efficient research centers in the nation,” Robert T. Behunin, vice president for commercialization and regional development at Utah State, said in a statement. The building joins Utah State’s other LEED certified buildings at various campuses around the state, including the Bingham Entrepreneurial and Energy Research Center in Vernal.

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