ORNL Building 7120
Oak Ridge, TN



Office Interior

Warehouse Interior
ORNL Building 7120 is the new central receiving and shipping building for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) campus. It replaces Building 7018 which was 58 years old and was demolished due to: poor energy performance, asbestos contamination, and inefficient functionality. Building 7120 is pending LEED Gold certification. Building 7120 radically reorganizes flow of shipping to ORNL, placing previously disparate components under one roof. It serves as the distribution and gathering hub of the 7000 Campus, providing a central place where personnel can gather and meet.

Building 7120 is located in essentially the same location as Building 7018, but with more efficient access for trucks and autos reducing the total paved area. The new building has an office portion (9,154 sf) and a warehouse/distribution portion (16,618 sf).

Planning for LEED certification began early in the design process. The criteria included:

Maximize the open space without sacrificing functionality

Achieve a high level of energy efficiency in the new structure

Divert as much waste as possible from going to the landfill by using on-site and off-site recycling

Pursue design innovation credits at every opportunity

Substantial challenges included those typical for a redeveloped site; aging infrastructure and limited usable land area. Other design challenges included providing an energy efficient envelope in a building that is a predominately pre-engineered structure and maintaining a high quality, budget-conscious building with multiple functions and users.

Photography by Don Dudenbostel

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