Oak Ridge National Laboratories - Multi-program Research Facility

The Department of Energy (DOE) complex at Oak Ridge required the creation of a state-of-the-art, large-scale, secure science and technology facility that would provide the appropriate infrastructure and environment to integrate and consolidate multidisciplinary scientific capabilities for defense and homeland security activities. The Heery-designed and constructed Multi-Program Research Facility (MPRF) provides facilities for research and development activities in non-proliferation research, training and operations, cyber security research and development, geospatial analysis, inorganic membrane research and prototyping and a myriad of other activities.

The MPRF contains 218,000 SF of office and laboratory space. This highly secure building plays a key role in delivering the science and technology needed to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in order to protect homeland and national security. In addition, Heery continues to work on various new assignments on the ORNL campus. The goal was to develop cutting-edge facilities designed for sustainability and energy efficiency. Heery guided ORNL and the development team in delivering facilities to showcase energy and water efficiency and renewable energy improvements.  With Heery’s assistance, ORNL now has the most LEED® certified space in the entire DOE system, having attained LEED certification for the firm’s earlier project, the East Campus Complex, and LEED Gold certification for the MPRF, which is the first LEED Gold facility on the ORNL campus.

Energy efficiency is but one hallmark. The buildings also highlight sustainable site development, water savings, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Some of the five-million-gallon annual water savings is a result of interior features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and exterior landscaping choices. Outside water conservation measures incorporate native plants that are self-irrigated by rainwater channeled and collected from sloped grading.

Among the team’s accomplishments are:

  • Working with a difficult site to reduce its heat island
  • Using innovative energy conservative technologies developed at Oak Ridge itself
  • Identifying local and recycled materials for use in the building
  • Maximizing recycling in an area where this concept is not well known, even going so far as to help create a market for recycled construction waste
  • Overcoming obstacles posed by some of the security aspects of the building, such as the requirement for minimal windows


Interior Design
Construction Management


Oak Ridge, TN


218,000 SF


2007, LEED Gold, U.S. Green Building Council;   2008, U.S. Department of Energy, Pollution Prevention Award;   2009, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Southeast Chapter, Best Public Project, Best Public Project Over $15 million;   2009, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Overall Project Project of the Year, Best Project Overall