Institute for Energy Efficiency announces Architect for Henley Hall

Santa Barbara, California, August 8th, 2012

       Sculpture building and School of Art gallery at Yale University
       Rice University's Brockman Hall for Physics, LEED Gold certified

The Institute for Energy Efficiency is pleased to announce the selection of architectural firm
KieranTimberlake to design a new home for the Institute. The building will be named Henley Hall in honor of Jeff and Judy Henley’s lead gift for the building.

KieranTimberlake (KT) is an award-winning and internationally recognized firm for their novel designs, research, and planning. The firm has received over one hundred design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on a firm by the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. 

Many of the firm’s buildings have received LEED certification, including Rice University’s Brockman Hall for Physics which was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. A Gold certification is an extraordinary achievement for laboratory buildings due to energy intensive experiments that require highly controlled environments.  KieranTimberlake is also known for the Cellophane House at The Museum of Modern Art and several buildings at Yale, Cornell and other Universities or arts institutions. The firm's current projects include working on the new US Embassy in London, which is also focused on achieving high levels of energy efficiency.

The Institute’s intent for its showcase building is to be as close to zero-net energy as possible, incorporating numerous state-of-the-art technologies and design features.  In addition to providing a home for the Institute for Energy Efficiency, this project will go a long way toward addressing the high priority, campus-wide need for more quality lab space. As a campus, UCSB has been upgrading and expanding all facilities to match their world-class scholarship, yet they are still significantly under-resourced in this area.

Jeff and Judy Henley's $50 million philanthropic investment kicks off the final phase of the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. $26 million of this gift has been designated for building Henley Hall to be the future base of operations for the Institute and to provide the highest quality lab space to accelerate research outcomes. Additional funds from the Henley gift have been designated for Institute operations and faculty support, as well as $20 million through an estate commitment for the College of Engineering. A priority of the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, the Henley’s leadership gift kicks off the Institute’s fundraising campaign. An additional $25 million still needs to be raised to break ground and complete the building.

KieranTimberlake was chosen through a highly selective review process by a team of Institute and UCSB faculty and staff. Over 30 proposals were reviewed, the committee then met with 10 of the firms and visited some of the finalists’ buildings. Kieran Timberlake was ultimately chosen for their experience with energy-efficient lab buildings, innovative design, and for their close client-architect design process. The Institute for Energy Efficiency and the UC Santa Barbara community are looking forward to partnering with KieranTimberlake on this exciting and important project. 

Physics Laboratory in Brockman Hall
at Rice University
An external view of Brockman Hall at Rice University
Atwater Commons at Middlebury College


About the Institute for Energy Efficiency

UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching and developing technological solutions for an efficient and sustainable energy future. The Institute’s cutting-edge research activities leverage the considerable expertise of U.C. Santa Barbara’s highly acclaimed faculty, scientists, engineers and researchers, including five Nobel Laureates. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, the Institute strives to deliver significant advances in energy efficiency in the near term.


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