Sampson Hoffland Laboratories awarded regional design building honor

April 1, 2010

Luther College’s Sampson Hoffland Laboratories has been awarded honorable mention honors by the Design Building Institute of America’s Upper Midwest Region at the recent DBIA awards event in Roseville, Minn.

OPUS Northwest was the architect and general contractor for the construction of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories, which was built to environmentally sound LEED standards. The building is one of only eight LEED gold certified buildings in Iowa, and Luther is one of only three Iowa colleges to receive a gold certification.

Dedicated in Fall 2008, the 64,000-square-foot building contains 17 teaching labs that connect to faculty-student research areas, lab and research support/storage areas, 21 faculty offices, more than 4,800 square feet of study area, and space for collaborative student-faculty research projects.

Buildings that received “Best Project” honors at the DBIA awards event include a research and development facility in Plymouth, Minn., and an institutional care building in North Dakota. The ATMI Life Sciences Project in Bloomington, Minn., also received honorable mention honors.

Founded in 1993, the DBIA is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry that focuses its efforts on increasing the successful use of innovative design-build teams on non-residential building, civil infrastructure and progress industry projects.

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