Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)


Houston Advanced Research Center


Constrcution Cost: $7.5 million

Project Size: 20,000 SF

LEED Platinum

Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment 
performed as part of LEED Pilot Credit

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

The Woodlands

Walter P Moore worked with Gensler to provide integrated structural engineering and sustainability consulting services for this 20,000-sf high-performance boutique office building for a not-for-profit client. HARC, a research hub missioned to illuminate and solve difficult issues in the areas of air quality, clean energy, and water quality and supply, desired a headquarters designed to not only provide office space, but to also serve as an educational tool for sustainable technologies. Construction was complete in the spring of 2017 and the center's grand opening was held May 16, 2017.

HARC is currently targeting a LEED Platinum rating, and if achieved will be the first LEED Platinum building in The Woodlands, a masterplanned community north of Houston. Dirk Kestner — Walter P Moore’s Director of Sustainable Design — performed a Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) to evaluate multiple structural systems and developed a strategy to reduce the embodied CO2 of the structural and enclosure systems by 20% (in comparison to conventional construction). The results of the WBLCA were compiled and submitted as part of the project’s LEED documentation.

Read more about the stewardship of HARC here: A Living Prototype for Sustainability Along the Gulf Coast