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New York City OCME DNA Forensics Biology Laboratory New York, NY, USA


Perkins Eastman has been great for us– creative, responsive, and professional. The team performs like a true vested partner throughout the entire design and construction process. Donald Hudson, AIA Associate Vice President for Facilities & Construction Stockton University 1



innovations underway in the modern laboratories of today that will require the research environments of tomorrow. Research techniques have evolved, stimulating a series of rapid changes that are shaking up traditional science and challenging the capability of existing research environments. Emerging ideas demand that we re-think our approach to scientific spaces, a process that requires a synergy of all design goals to support clients with recruiting, retention, functionality, and results.


COLLABORATION is fundamental to our practice. Our team creates innovative solutions in the design of science and technology buildings. We focus on the full spectrum of design of these facilities for colleges, universities, medical schools, incubator companies, and large corporations. This includes basic and translational research facilities that house specialty support spaces such as vivaria, ABSL3 facilities, genomic core labs, cell biology, high-end imaging facilities, and other shared support functions in medical school research facilities. We combine our building design skills with our campus and city planning experience to create new approaches to science and technology places that enhance communities and cities. As an international design firm, we are committed to designing buildings worthy of the highest aspirations of our clients. We are also committed to delivering best-quality documents and construction administration services to ensure that design excellence is achieved within the parameters of our clients’ budgets, schedules, functional needs, and operational requirements.




Danbury Hospital Research Institute Danbury, CT, USA


We are committed to creating research and teaching environments that accelerate discovery. For this, we draw inspiration from many sources, including the early examples of innovation from Bell Labs: “Traveling the hall’s length without encountering a number

of acquaintances, problems, diversions[,] and ideas was almost impossible. A physicist on his way to lunch in the cafeteria was like a magnet rolling past iron filings.”

–Jon Gertner, “True Innovation,” The New York Times, February 25, 2012


1. University of Southern California Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower Los Angeles, CA, USA 2. Hospital for Special Surgery S Building, Research Labs New York, NY, USA 3. Winthrop-University Hospital 1

Research and Academic Center Mineola, NY, USA 2


Flexible planning maximizes researcher capacity and accommodates workflow and equipment changes.

FLEXIBLE PLANNING It is well established that open and changeable research environments are more rational than small, fixed laboratory units. Selecting flexible laboratory casework is only one part of a successful lab design. A properly designed layout will strategically incorporate inherently fixed elements such as sinks and fume hoods so that they will conveniently support daily activities yet not impede future adaptation. Planning large openbench laboratories will absorb

the expansion and contraction of lab groups, and knowledge of beneficial laboratory modules coordinated with the building’s structural grid will allow for alignment of the ceiling design, lighting, and quick-connect utility panel locations with optimal bench spacing. Thoughtfully placed adjustable-height work tables provide common equipment bench space or post-doc work stations depending on need, and also can be moved to make space for a new

large equipment setup or other such unplanned need. This flexible planning will maximize researcher capacity and accommodate workflow and equipment changes, or even new space divisions, with minimal disruption to lab operations. Sharing of resources becomes more convenient, common responsibilities become a unified effort, and collaboration will be a natural occurrence.




Interactive Learning Environment


Collaboration increases citation up to 45%, studies have shown. Translational research can leverage technology that allows us virtual collaborations between partners across the country or across the world, but it is architecture that can provide the opportunity for unscripted personal interactions. In an environment dedicated to research and education, bringing

together prominent thinkers from diverse fields of study enables chance encounters, cultivates new ideas, and increases the potential for breakthroughs. An informed design inspires this interdisciplinary collaboration, supports fluid thinking, and quickly adapts to the evolution of research by leveraging advances

in technology, architecture, and building support systems. Achieving this synergy of complex elements requires a knowledgeable design team working closely with a committed owner to unite competing interests and balance an intricate interplay of program elements.

–Summary from “Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate,� Heather A. Piwowar, Roger S. Day, and Douglas B. Fridsma, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Our results provide evidence for the critical role physical proximity plays in the collaborations that ultimately will transform lives.



1-2. Winthrop-University Hospital Research and Academic Center Mineola, NY, USA 3. University of Southern California Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower Los Angeles, CA, USA 4. Winthrop-University Hospital Research and Academic Center Mineola, NY, USA 5. Stony Brook University The State University of New York 2


Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Stony Brook, NY, USA


Many of our recent projects are dedicated to fulfilling the demand for customized medicine and patient-centered research, creating laboratories that are directly connected to patient services. Some examples include cellular and gene therapy, biomedical engineering, clinical trials-based research,

tribology for joint replacements, and translational research initiatives. Many doctors are involved in research as a means to better serve their patients, and much of today’s research is resulting in more patient-specific solutions. Medical institutions are capitalizing on these trends and building research programs that


enable collaborative interaction. Despite the positive impact of emerging communication technologies on scientific research, our results provide evidence for the critical role physical proximity plays in the collaborations that will ultimately transform lives.




New York Psychiatric Institute Laboratory Fit-Out New York, NY, USA


The research environment has become a more complex organism, dependent on the interaction between various equally important functions. As important as wet bench laboratory spaces are to a research facility, they are no longer independently viable. The functional space distribution in science facilities has been gradually shifting as equipment and processes become more efficient and as space demands

grow for specialty functions and dry lab space in addition to wet labs. The research environment has become a more complex organism dependent on the interaction between various equally important functions. Considerations for mechanical and electrical systems along

with education and collaboration space also weigh into the net to gross factors. Understanding this programmatic interrelationship in context with technological and cultural shifts will be the key to identifying the right space program for each project.


Through strategic innovation, many successful work environments have found a balance.


1. Stony Brook University The State University of New York Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Stony Brook, NY, USA 2. Collaborative Workspace 1

3. Informal Collaborative Environment





The design of a new research facility must embrace the current social, cultural, and technological evolution and address the issues that are illuminated by the daily interaction of diverse personalities—and capitalize on the potential. For the younger generations, it is not fast enough: there is a

clear divergence in the thought process and in the preferred work environment between the four generations currently in the workforce. This becomes significant to the long-range planning and recruitment strategy for a new facility. Millennials and Generation X demonstrate a more informal, collaborative, and

inclusive work philosophy, while boomers generally work more traditionally. Through strategic innovation, many successful work environments have found a balance between traditional work space and informal discovery space.

4. Columbia University Pupin Theoretical Physics Center New York, NY, USA 5. University of Arkansas 5

Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging Little Rock, AR, USA









7 1. UCLA Gonda (Goldschmied)

5. Rutgers University

Neuroscience and Genetics Research

School of Nursing & Science Building


Camden, NJ, USA

Los Angeles, CA, USA

6. George Mason University

2. New York City OCME

Peterson Family Building/College of

DNA Forensics Biology Laboratory

Health and Human Services

New York, NY, USA

Fairfax, VA, USA

3. University of Chicago

7. Stockton University

Theoretical & Experimental

Gateway Science Complex

Physics Center

Galloway, NJ, USA

Chicago, IL, USA 4. University of Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging Little Rock, AR, USA



Stony Brook University The State University of New York Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Stony Brook, NY, USA


Contrary to traditional education models, STEM/STEAM learning flourishes in a highly adaptive, connective layout with adequate support, resource, and display capabilities.

Over the last ten years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of STEM and STEAM programs in educational institutions. This trend has been the result of an increase in the need for professionals trained in these fields, the retirement of a number of science and engineering professionals, and the rapid increase in art, science, and technology vocations, products, and industries worldwide.

STEM/STEAM programs specializing in integrated teaching and learning environments have proven to be effective methods for introducing students into these disciplines early in their educational development. The programs are characterized as experiential, hands-on, and

project-based. These programs provide students with practical training through disciplined academics, establishing a platform for further study and important career pathways.



Opportunities for cross-pollination and merging of ideas should be identified at the start of programmatic expansion with a STEM or STEAM focus.

THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR STEM/STEAM Both STEM and STEAM programs emphasize transdisciplinary work, a real-world approach as more and more jobs require study and expertise in a discipline that draws from several subject areas at once. The right area to allow for this cross-pollination and merging of ideas is a highly collaborative and flexible program space. Contrary to traditional education


models, STEM/STEAM learning flourishes in a highly adaptive, connective layout with adequate support, resource, and display capabilities. Providing connection to the outside heightens the functionality of the space and allows for ease of material delivery and for larger projects to be transported in and out of the creation space. Allocated area/

student workspace may be higher than a traditional classroom or conventional science lab, but the nature of the STEM/STEAM learning space is inherently adaptive and supports a multitude of learning tracks. Access to power and other utilities as well as material and project storage enhances the usability of the space by several teaching sections

at once. Defining “clean” and “dirty” work and support space is operationally recommended to preserve equipment and to establish a controlled and wellmanaged backdrop for creativity.






1. Morrisville State College The State University of New York Center for Design and Technology Morrisville, NY, USA 2. Guilford Technical Center for Global Logistics Colfax, NC, USA 3. Gathering Space 4. Stevens Institute of Technology Carnegie Engineering Building Hoboken, NJ, USA 5. Greenhouse 6. University at Albany The State University of New York The Boor Building Albany, NY, USA 6



Destination Medical Center Downtown Development Rochester, MN , USA


We strive to create vibrant campuses and urban places by combining the energy from research activities within science buildings and development plans that foster more effective research. We have many exciting largescale science planning projects in progress that will create transformative spaces for the research purposes of major institutions. These projects include: Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, where we are positioning the Mayo Clinic as the world‘s premier center for health through a transformation of

downtown Rochester that will include new bio-tech facilities linked with research facilities; Research Triangle Park Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where we are respositioning RTP to attract and retain leading researchers through the development of a town center that will provide a place for employees of private companies and researchers from

local universities to congregate; and MASCO Development Plan for Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Massachusetts, where we are developing the public realm within the district that will foster communication and connectivity between the leading medical and cultural institutions that comprise its membership.



Large-scale Development and Master Planning Experience. 1. Alexandria Center for Life Science

4. Research Triangle Park Center

at the East River Science Park

Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

New York, NY, USA 5. Chinese Academ0y of Sciences 2. Johns Hopkins University

Huairou Campus Master Plan

Belward Research Campus

Huairou, Beijing, China

Montgomery County, MD, USA 3. Stockton University 2



Gateway Complex Galloway, NJ, USA

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We are collaborating with PAAET to create unique learning environments and memorable architecture at the Al Jahra campus.

The design will help distinguish PAAET in the international community as a leader in educating students to fulfill the future workforce needs in Kuwait and the global marketplace. This 12,000-student campus that is over 2M sf includes the colleges of Technology, Business, Healthcare and Education. The design team’s approach for the campus is a synthesis of three main objectives:

• Create a cohesive campus and

center of excellence within Kuwait that will prepare PAAET’s graduates for the increasingly diversified Kuwait workforce and global economy • Create an identity for each of the four colleges that


will expand and advance their discrete studies and recruitment while overall examining the interrelationships to provide a state-of-the-art academic and university life experience—in concert with the cultural heritage and values of Kuwait • Create a memorable and responsible campus that showcases environmentally sustainable building and operating practices that sets new standards in Kuwait The overall design for the campus will balance the visionary with the practical in order to set a sustainable standard for applied and vocational education in the region that raises the profile for education and learning in Kuwait.



PROFILE Perkins Eastman is an international planning, design, and consulting firm that was founded in New York City in 1981. Today the firm has ten other offices in North America, as well as offices in Shanghai, PRC; Mumbai, India; Dubai, UAE; and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The firm has a professional staff of 1000 consisting of architects, interior designers, planners, urban designers, landscape 32

architects, graphic designers, construction specification writers, construction administrators, economists, environmental analysts, traffic and transportation engineers, and several other professional disciplines. Perkins Eastman is also the parent firm to several affiliated companies that provide specialized complementary capabilities in community planning,

environmental impact analysis, landscape design, environmental graphic design and wayfinding, economic analysis, broadcast media and acoustic design, retail planning, and large-scale mixed-use planning and design. Perkins Eastman has proven skills and experience in 14 major practice areas and has completed innovative awardwinning projects in each. To date the

firm has won more than 450 awards for planning and design excellence and has completed projects in 46 states and over 40 countries. Currently the firm’s projects range from small renovations and additions for our many long-term-relationship clients to large new healthcare and educational campuses, major mixed-use developments, and entire new cities. 33

PRACTICE AREAS Perkins Eastman has 14 specialized Practice Areas. Each Practice Area is led by one or more principals supported by a team of senior staff. This leadership team brings extensive experience to each project and focuses on the issues that lead to success and innovation. 34

HUMAN BY DESIGN design can have a direct, positive impact on

people’s lives. We design places and spaces that put the user at the heart by employing best practices, sustainability, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ missions and operations. Our diverse teams partner with our clients globally to deliver next-generation projects that are uniquely suited to users who will live, work, play, learn, age, and heal within the environments we plan and design.


Planning: planning, urban design, environmental analysis, real estate consulting, transportation planning URBANOMICS

Forecasting, modeling, real estate market analysis, economic development, economic and fiscal impacts RGR L ANDSCAPE

Site planning, landscape design, ecological design RUSSELL DESIGN

Branding, environmental graphics, online media EE&K

Large-scale urban redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, waterfronts—with a focus on placemaking FORRESTPERKINS

Hospitality and luxury residential interiors

Front Cover: University of Southern California Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower Los Angeles, CA, USA




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