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Perkins-Will Integrated Design Firm Selected for Singapore CREATE Research Center

CREATE, a multi-disciplinary research enterprise for innovation, discovery and entrepreneurship with scientists and engineers from around the globe.

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CREATE will be an integral part of the tropical ecosystem in Singapore

The San Francisco office of Perkins+Will has won a global design competition from Singapore's National Research Foundation to design CREATE, a 650,000-square foot research campus. CREATE will raise the bar for environmental sustainability while surpassing benchmarks for scientific research in the tropics. In a word, CREATE will be one of the most green buildings in the world when complete in 2010.

CREATE Research Campus in Singapore

Pioneering the tropical use of advanced environmental sustainability and energy-efficient technologies, CREATE is designed to be an integral part of the tropical ecosystem. Features include:
  • Maximum daylight exposure to all parts of the building
  • Solar-generated electric lighting
  • Wind turbines driven by tropical breezes
  • Enthalpy wheels that capture wind-generated warmth
  • Green roofs to reduce storm water runoffs, minimize interior heat gain and conserve energy -- these green roofs are remarkable. Greenery will be viewed from every floor and outside every window!
  • Landscape design modeled after a tropical rainforest to reinforce the natural environment and create a habitat attractive to endangered local animal species

Perkins+Will's Russ Drinker explains that, "This will be far more than a research complex in the tropics -- it will be an integral part of the tropical ecosystem."

CREATE Brings Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs Together

As part of Singapore's accelerating national thrust towards an inventive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy, CREATE will be a unique, multi-national, multi-disciplinary research enterprise that stimulates innovation, discovery and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration with scientists and engineers from around the globe. The campus will include three mid-rise buildings and a high-rise tower. The tower's first two floors will serve as part of the Olympic Village for the first International Youth Olympics in 2010.

About Perkins+Will Integrated Design Firm

Established in 1935, Perkins+Will ( is an integrated design firm serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hartford, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Research Triangle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.

With more LEED® Accredited Professionals than any firm in the world, Perkins+Will is recognized as a preeminent sustainable design firm in the country. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning + strategies and urban design with clients in the aviation, corporate + commercial + civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, and science + technology markets. Perkins+Will routinely ranks among the world's top design firms and has received hundreds of awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects' "Firm of the Year Award."

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