The educational program of the Cell and Genome Sciences Building required the creation of a multidisciplinary center for academic research, centered on the university’s stem cell research core facility, and including segments of multiple research departments and a suite of leasable laboratory spaces to support commercialization of the research COST PER SQ FT$259.00FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation conducted in the facility.
The goal of the program is to encourage research innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration. To support this program, the architect designed a facility with an interior "crossroads" to facilitate interaction, from which key core labs are accessed, and designed key areas to support collaboration and communication. The interior was opened up using interior glazing to make different program elements visually accessible to each other. The new facility was designed with conference, food service and auxiliary spaces to make a complete freestanding research institution.
This was accomplished while dealing with a number of constraints: The project involved renovation, not new construction, and a limited budget permitted no change in the overall footprint of the existing building.