In 2006, Dr. Houghten and the Torrey Pines Institute embarked on the largest entrepreneurial endeavor - expansion into the State of Florida. This endeavor started with a phone call from Governor Jeb Bush and the wheels were put into motion. This endeavor was made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida through the Innovation Incentive Fund, the City of Port St. Lucie, Core Communities, the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Florida Atlantic University, and St. Lucie County. Currently, the Institute is researching new methods for drug discovery, Alzheimer's disease, cancer and pain management. If you would like more information on our research or ways to help fund us, please contact us.
Environmentally Friendly Building: Going Green
The Torrey Pines Institute facility in Port St. Lucie has received silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building certification system, which demonstrates that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to work.
The 107,000 square-foot $40 million biomedical research facility was completed in September 2008 and was built on 20 acres of land donated by Core Communities in Core’s Tradition development. The U.S. Green Building Council has established a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) rating system for new and existing buildings. The 69-point system evaluates criteria such as water and energy consumption, landscaping, the recycling of construction material and the air quality inside the building. Scores translate into Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum ratings.
Torrey Pines Institute achieved points towards the Silver rating included:
- Maximization of open space (exceeds local zoning requirements by 25%)
- A storm water management plan that reduces impervious cover and filters 90% of storm water runoff
- Reduction of potable water use by 26.4%
- A construction waste management plan that diverted 4,815.50 tons of on-site generated construction waste from landfill
- Use of recycled building materials (10.2%)
- Use of regional building materials that were extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site (20.397% of the total building)
- Use of wood based building materials harvested from FSC certified forests (64.966%)
- Use of low-emitting materials (paints, coatings and carpet systems)
- Providing alternative transportation facilities and preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, as well as car/van pool parking
- Reduction of potable water use by more that 26% through the installation of dual-flush water closets, ultra low-flow lavoratories, and low-flow kitchen sinks