Washington University Neuroscience Research Facility Tour and Happy Hour

Join us for an in person, guided tour, of the new 609,000-sf, 11-story, start-of-the-art neuroscience research facility on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine. Once complete, it will be one of the largest neuroscience research facilities in the nation and will provide the neuroscience community a central home and laboratory environment.
Wednesday, June 8th, 4-5:30pm CT
Wash U jobsite office – Cortex 1, Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO; 3rd floor
Please bring own PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, high visibility vest, and hard toe boots)

Space is limited, please register early!

Event Sponsors – McCarthy Building Companies & Friemel Love

Past Events

Don’t Get Squashed by Your Lab’s Carbon Footprint Presented by Patrick Murphy

Join the I2SL-St. Louis Chapter in welcoming Patrick Murphy, Director of Sustainable Design for Vanderweil Engineers, to discuss making your lab code compliant with rapidly updating energy codes.

Bio: As Director of Sustainable Design for Vanderweil Engineers, Patrick is leveraging his passion and experience in sustainable, integrated, and innovative building design to inform designs through rigorous energy and water analysis. Patrick’s background as an architectural engineer with a focus on sustainable MEP systems informs his multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to building and laboratory design. Patrick’s career is highlighted by multiple awards, speaking at several conferences, and his involvement and leadership in the design of multiple LEED Platinum projects and net-zero energy and net zero operational carbon facilities.

Course Description: Design professionals are charged with providing clients with code compliant solutions, and energy intensive lab facilities can have the most challenging path to energy code compliance.  But what if that code-compliant solution leaves your client exposed to financial penalties for carbon emissions or to damage from the effects of extreme climate conditions?   Many jurisdictions are rapidly updating energy codes and imposing new regulations on building owners including setting carbon emissions limits with significant penalties for noncompliance.  An unsuspecting design professional can suddenly be on the defensive when actual carbon emissions and the resultant penalties exceed expectations and building owners look for retribution. As extreme weather, including extended periods of severe heat or cold, wind or flooding are becoming more prevalent, buildings that historically may not have been vulnerable could be exposed to damage and losses.  This presentation will identify the forward-looking changes to the energy codes, trends in the industry toward electrification of buildings, risks to Owners and design teams related to environmental/climate concerns, and how to develop resilient sustainable design strategies to mitigate these risks.

I2SL 2021 Conference Virtual Recap
Wednesday, November 10th from 4:00-5:30pm CST

Join the I2SL-St. Louis Chapter in welcoming five speakers from the 2021 National Conference, representing a variety of fields including engineering and design, building facilities, and university sustainability programs.

Performance and Pedagogy Collide: GA Tech Kendeda Building
Juan Archila, Director of Facilities and Capital Planning, Georgia Tech & Joshua Gassman, Sustainable Design Director, Lord Aeck Sargent

Revitalizing Lab Buildings at FSU: “Retro Commissioning”
Tyler Dykes, Mechanical Engineer, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Designing Safe and Energy-Efficient Laboratory Exhaust Systems: VAV Systems – Simple turn-down vs sensor control
Greg Gross, Senior Engineer, CPP Wind Engineering Consultants

A Different Kind of SMART: Using Performance-Oriented Metrics to Redefine Success in a Forward-Focused Research Lab
Clay Stafford, Senior Subject Matter Expert, HERA Lab Planners, Atlanta GA

Comprehensive Evaluation of Smart Labs Program After a Decade: Smart Labs Program at UC Irvine
Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, UC Irvine

Miss the live presentation? Watch the video playback now:

“Sustainability and the Challenges to the Vaccine Cold Chain” presented by Joe LaPorte, of PHC Corporation

Thursday, June 17th, 2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm CST

Presenter Bio

Joe LaPorte is Director- Projects and Regulatory at PHC Corporation of North America. Joe has over 30 years of international experience in the field of cold chain management and ultra-low refrigeration. He has served on the Energy Star stakeholder committee for Lab Grade Products and currently serves as a voting member on an NSF committee charged with defining a new American National Standard for vaccine storage.

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Presentation Synopsis
The global  landscape for cold chain products in relation to sustainability is changing rapidly. Environmental regulations and changing best practices in the age of Covid create some unique challenges to the industry.

2021 New Member Event

Featuring Dawn Jacobs, FunderMAX “How Laboratory Design Trends in a Post COVID era Impact Laboratory Work Surface Choice”

Thursday, February 18th, 2021 4:30pm – 5:45pm CST

  • 4:30pm – 4:45pm: Welcome & State of the Chapter by Ken Mohr, Program Chair & Punit Jain, Chapter President
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Presentation by Dawn Jacobs, FunderMAX
  • 5:30pm – 5:45pm: Q&A

Presenter Bio
Dawn Jacobs is the National Sales Manager of Laboratory Surfaces at FunderMax North America, the Co-Chair of the SEFA 3 Work Surface Committee and a National I2SL member. She is an experienced International sales and marketing manager with a demonstrated history of working in the laboratory industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Textiles, Journalism, Corporate Communications, and Management. Strong sales and marketing background with proven track record in business development. Motto: “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ― Aristotle

Presentation Learning Objectives
We will summarize the needs that are driving trends in laboratory design, with emphasis on safety and collaboration. Help describe the criterion of lab design required to meet trends in a post covid era. Then list performance characteristics that should be considered to enable safe working practices in the lab and explain some of the tests work surfaces are subjected to. Finally, compare and contrast lab work surfaces and be able to specify the appropriate surface based on performance, cost and sustainability. It is 1.5LU/HSW.

2020 Virtual Education Day

The St. Louis Chapter, in collaboration with the I2SL Colorado and Heart of America Chapters, is hosting a virtual 2020 Education Day on Thursday, November 5th, 2020. If you were not able to attend the national conference or you want a focused set of presentations from experts in our region, this one-day event is perfect for you!


The event includes a keynote speaker, 18 presentations, and a panel discussion about how universities are navigating the challenges of COVID-19 on campus.

A limited number of registrations will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

2020 National I2SL Annual Conference

Although the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) was looking forward to bringing our Annual Conference and Technology Fair to Chicago in October, to ensure the safety and health of our attendees, we have decided to take the conference virtual. With all the same great features of our Annual Conference and Technology Fair, the conference will still take place October 5-7, 2020. The first day will be devoted to workshops and meetings. We’ll offer a thought-provoking plenary session and variety of technical topics, and you can participate from the safety and comfort of your home or office. You can even meet one-on-one with innovative Tech Fair vendors in our virtual Exhibit Hall. Conference registration coming soon at

Reopening the Lab during Covid-19

A live panel discussion presented by I2SL St. Louis Chapter

Join the I2SL St. Louis Chapter this Wednesday June 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. CST, for the panel discussion, Navigating Lab Startup and Return to Work. As the country has been shut down for the better part of three months due to COVID-19-and as we start to reopen for researchers, educators, and students heading back to their labs and offices-laboratory environments require special considerations because of the ongoing research, special environmental controls, chemicals, and other hazards. Authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should be the primary resources on safely returning to work, as well as guidance from your facility Environmental Health and Safety officers. Our panelists include EH&S directors and staff from universities and corporations including laboratory architects, engineers, and planners.

I2SL High-Tech Talks Webinar Series: May 14, 2020

How Co-Localization of Shared Research Equipment Can Impact the Design and Engineering of Both New and Renovated Laboratory Buildings

Register online to attend the webinar on Thursday, May 14, at 12 p.m. Central. If you can’t participate in the live session, you can still register and receive a recording of the webinar afterward. More information on the Webinar series can be found here.

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