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Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park (RTP) Research Facility
(U.S. EPA Research Triangle Park Campus)

This aerial photo of RTP conveys the location of the main EPA facility in relation to surrounding structures.


  • Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Building type(s): Laboratory, Commercial office
  • New construction
  • 1,170,000 ft2 (109,000 m2)
  • Project scope: multiple buildings
  • Suburban setting
  • Completed 2001
    Official opening ceremony took place in May, 2002.
  • Related projects - projects within this project:

The EPA's new RTP campus houses over 2,000 people in 600 laboratory modules—one of the largest multi-disciplinary groups of environmental scientists in the world. The complex includes four 5-story laboratory blocks, three 3-story office blocks, and a 6-story office building that also houses special program areas. The facility design embodies the EPA's environmental ethics.

Environmental Aspects

EPA's goal was not to build a facility that showcased the latest emerging technologies or that incorporated every "green" design option available. Rather, the goal was to design and build a functional facility at a reasonable cost and with reduced adverse environmental impacts. Consequently, every design decision was made in an attempt to balance three guiding principles: function, cost, and environmental impact. The key environmental issues targeted for consideration during the design included: ecosystem protection, energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, and indoor environmental quality.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned and occupied by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal government

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Structured parking, Cafeteria, Laboratory, Office, Data processing, Lobby/reception, Circulation

Outdoor Spaces:

Drives/roadway, Wildlife habitat


Integrated team, Green specifications, Wildlife habitat, Indigenous vegetation, Stormwater management, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Glazing, Passive solar, Adaptable design, Benign materials, Certified wood, Occupant recycling, Daylighting, Ventilation effectiveness, Indoor air quality monitoring

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