Tropical Research Institute

Smithsonian Institution

NXL provided Consulting Laboratory Architect services for this programming and concept design mandate for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). STRI wanted to construct a new, 70,000 sf LEED Silver facility in Gamboa Panama. The facility included laboratories and support spaces for terrestrial research programs in tropical soils, botany and insects. STRI has obtained permission to replace an existing schoolhouse located 15m from the Panama Canal, however the new $19M research building must remain within the same footprint as the schoolhouse because of the site’s proximity to the Canal.

Ensitu (Panama); GH3 (Toronto); NXL; Enermodal

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Completed 2007
Gross Area 70,000 sf
Construction $19M USD (estimated)
Location Gamboa, Panama