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― Institutional Research

Enhancing health and improving knowledge


Introduction ― 4 Selected Projects ― 10 Our Team ― 60

Left: Laboratory Medicine Building, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York


― Institutional Research

Intellectual enterprise for the greater good Here, new discoveries are made because researchers from different disciplines integrate their thinking and scientists from different backgrounds collaborate. Such organizations are committed to advancing policy issues related to science, expanding access to research funding, and improving human health by openly sharing what they learn with the world.


Institutional Research

These institutions are engaged in a vast array of pioneering research in cancer, neuroscience, epidemiology, stem cells, and genetics amongst a multitude of other areas of expertise. This requires high-quality design to create environments that help researchers flourish in their labs and focus on improving their science. For over 80 years, we have been designing research and development spaces that help our clients to become better at what they do. Let us help you design for your next evolution.

↑ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Eastlake, Seattle, Washington.

→ Huntington Medical Research Institute, Biomedical Research Laboratory, Pasadena, California.


� Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Research Tower, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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� Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Regenerative Medicine Research Building, Novato, California.

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Selected Projects


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Laboratory Medicine Building New York, New York Client: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Size: 91,000 square feet (8,454 square meters) Completion Date: 2018


Sustainable clinical laboratory serving as a template for other projects with its future-proof layout, open lab environments, and garden terrace respite areas.

→ Utilities such as power, data, and gases are provided on a regular grid on the ceiling and integrated into each movable laboratory bench, so as groups grow and change, reconfigurations can happen with minimal impact and disruption to ongoing operations.


MSKCC Laboratory Medicine Building


The solar responsive walls create a pattern that limits solar gain and give, while evoking DNA mapping used in advanced cancer treatment.

To implement concepts of active design, circulation within the building is celebrated through the use of glazing and stairs, to encourage walking and opportunities for “creative collisions� within the space.

Allen Institute for Brain Science Seattle, Washington Client: Vulcan, Inc. Size: 272,000 square feet (25,270 square meters) Completion Date: 2015 Sustainability: LEED GoldÂŽ Awards: Lab of the Year, High Honors, R&D Magazine, 2017 Best of the Best Higher Education and Research, ENR, 2016

The driving concept for the Allen Institute was to design from inside - out. The building is a reflection of the Institute’s guiding principles - team science, big science, and open science.


A unified research lab that is flexible, encourages collaboration, and breaks down barriers.


Allen Institute for Brain Science


We broke the rules of conventional lab organization by arranging functional spaces around a central 6-story atrium to maximize connectivity on a preserved, historic site.

“I have never seen or been in a building that matches its functionality (and aesthetics). One sees conversations throughout the building, all of the time, we meet colleagues in the central stairwell and make connections that we had not anticipated, and the spaces work to support both personal and work interactions in indescribable ways. The building is sensational!” Rick Horwitz, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Huntington Medical Research Institute Biomedical Research Laboratory Pasadena, California Client: Huntington Medical Research Institute Size: 35,000 square feet (3,252 square meters) Completion Date: 2018


A transformative facility for an institute looking forward to the future.

← The Pasadena biomedical corridor’s new glass-walled laboratory facility.

→ State-of-the-art addition to the client’s portfolio of facilities throughout Los Angeles.


Huntington Medical Research Institute


We personalized the communal space to engineer the serendipity sparked from informal scientific discussions.

↑ Using biomedical research and developing and applying new technology, HMRI is committed to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.

← This revolutionary project collocates key staff together on one campus.

→ The ease of movement within the building by way of strategically placed stairways allows researchers to work together more effectively and efficiently.


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences East Boothbay, Maine Client: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Size: 65,500 square feet (6,085 square meters) Completion Date: 2012 Sustainability: LEED PlatinumÂŽ Awards: Lab of the Year, Honorable Mention, R&D Magazine, 2014 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects, 2013

Researchers from this campus have participated in multi-national expeditions around the globe including Arctic Summer Cloud Ocean Study and the two and a half year long TARA Oceans Research Cruise. Their global sense of environmental stewardship echoes ours and led to a truly impactful design.


Highly sustainable and collaborative environment that supports world-class research focused on ocean health and climate change.


Bigelow Labratory for Ocean Sciences


First research laboratory in Maine to achieve LEED Platinum®.

David Coit, chairman of Bigelow’s board of trustees, made reference to Maine’s dead-last ranking for its business climate, according to a recent article in Forbes Magazine. “I just wish Forbes Magazine were here to see this today,” he said. “I’d like to talk to them.”

NIH Building 10, E-Wing Renovation Bethesda, Maryland Client: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Size: 250,000 square feet (23,226 square meters) Completion Date: 2021 Sustainability: LEED Silver ®


The world’s largest clinical research hospital, known as Building 10, or the Clinical Center.



Building 10, E-Wing Renovation


This conversion is spread over 15 floors in the center of the orginal 1939 building. The new framework will include clinical program areas, research labs, support spaces, teaching facilities, offices, and building maintenance.


This building generates a major impact on research and outcomes for national health.


Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Phase II Bethesda, Maryland Client: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Size: 320,000 square feet (29,729 square meters) Completion Date: 2014 Sustainability: LEED Gold®, Three Green Globes Rating Awards: Design Honor Award, Over 100,000 SF, IIDA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 2015 Award of Excellence, Notable Green Project, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), National Capital Region, 2015


This building co-locates researchers from ten NIH institutes who were previously isolated from one another.

The Porter building is a “game changer,” said NIDCD Scientific Director Andrew Griffith. “The layout is one of the best I have ever seen,” he said. “It both figuratively and literally removes walls between groups.”


Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Phase II


It houses one of the largest MRI devices in the world, at a magnetic strength of 18 Tesla.

← The PNRC launched a bold initiative by combining these research institutes in order to increase the pace of discovery in neuroscience and understanding of the human brain. Over 800 scientists in 85 laboratories are all located here.

→ In addition to solar panels and green roofs, this building is the first to incorporate closed-circuit loop geothermal heat pumps to remove heat loads from the labs and reduce the carbon footprint. Ultimately, the design is 25 percent more energyefficient than a traditional lab building.


Buck Institute for Research on Aging Regenerative Medicine Research Building Novato, California Client: Buck Institute for Research on Aging Size: 64,000 square feet (5,946 square meters) Completion Date: 2012 Sustainability: LEED Silver ÂŽ


An integration and expansion of the stemcell research program to study aging and age-related diseases.


Open, flexible labs are meant to achieve increased breadth and depth of expertise in the application of stem-cell biology. Parkinson’s, macular degeneration, and related diseases are studied here.


Buck Institute for Research on Aging


Funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), studies aimed at promoting longevity and extension of wellbeing are key.

Set on a hilltop with spectacular views of the Bay area, this new facility provides space for as many as 12 new principal investigators.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, Washington Client: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Size: 177,000 square feet (16,444 square meters) Completion Date: 2012 Awards: Technology/Life Sciences Development of the Year, The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), 2012 Visionary Award in Energy, Seattle 2030 Districts, 2014 ― WHAT IT IS

A merging of their most diverse, cutting-edge research programs including the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division.

← Large gathering spaces were mixed throughout the building to promote a sense of community and create opportunities for intellectual collisions.

→ The user-driven design incorporated large, shared, open labs surrounded by support functions and offices.


Fred Hutchinson


Three researchers from FHCRC have been awarded a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute Houston, Texas Client: Texas Children’s Hospital Size: 400,000 square feet (37, 161 square meters) Completion Date: 2010 Sustainability: LEED Gold® Awards: Turnkey Facility of the Year, ALN Magazine, 2012 Building Team Silver Award, Building Design+Construction, 2011 ― WHAT IT IS

Ground-breaking facility that combines clinical, educational, and research programs focused on children with mental or neurological disorders.

“This truly is a life changing building, not just for us, the occupants, but also for the children and families who will benefit from the work that this building inspires.” - Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi, Director of the Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator


Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute


The "collaboratories," as the laboratories are dubbed, are flooded with natural light while research occurs in an open and flexible environment.

↑ The building features a twisting tower with leaning columns that string together to visually form the double helix of a DNA strand, signifying the unification of science and research. This twisting tower hosts collaboration spaces with panoramic views of the city.

→ Two researchers previously housed in siloed labs have moved toward trials with adults and children to modify disease progression of Rett Syndrome.


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Research Tower Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Client: Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Size: 187,000 square feet (17,373 square meters) Completion Date: 2010 Sustainability: LEED Gold® Awards: S-Lab Award, “New Laboratory - Research” Category, Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories (S-Lab), 2014 Design Award, AIA- Georgia, 2011


A biomedical research facility that inspires the city and the research community.


Research here is focused on Alzheimer’s, lupus, cancer, and cardiovascular disease among others.


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation


The forward-looking exterior image represents the future for OMRF as well as the state of Oklahoma.

↑ Many sustainable energy solutions were used on this project such as the DNAshaped wind turbines on top of the building.

← A view of the “pinwheel,” or shared amenity and teaming spaces at the core of the building.

→ Floor-to-ceiling glass allows views and access to natural daylight from almost anywhere in the building.


National Bio and Agro Defense Facility Manhattan, Kansas Client: United States Department of Homeland Security Size: 708,000 square feet (65,775 square meters) Completion Date: 2021


It will allow researchers to study foreign animal and emerging diseases in a state-of-the-art facility designed with the highest standards of biosafety and biosecurity.



National Bio and Agro Defense Facility


As a key national asset, NBAF will become the international icon for biocontainment around the world.

The only high containment facility in the world designed to be tornado-resistant up to an EF-5 tornado and winds of 230mph.  

“The NBAF will be a key component in our joint effort with USDA to advance research, which is critical to the security of our nation’s food supply and agricultural economy. This critical step also heightens our focus on recently initiated efforts to develop strategic partnerships with both private and public entities in the animal health arena to better leverage the research capabilities of the NBAF once it is operational.” Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

Fermilab Integrated Engineering Research Center Batavia, Illinois Client: Fermilab Size: 84,000 square feet (7,804 square meters) Completion Date: 2022 Sustainability: Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings compliant


This project is the embodiment of their vision for the next 50 years of scientific advancement.


The IERC collocates engineering and technical staff in the laboratory’s central campus, which is where most of the scientific user community is located.


Fermilab Integrated Engineering Research Center


← The building is meant to better allow scientists and engineers to work together to advance the Fermilab mission.

↓ Providing a direct connection to Wilson Hall, this represents a huge milestone for the Department of Energy, and serves as a roadmap for the particle physics community.


It provides worldclass modernized facilities equipped to advance two of their highest-priority projects. 59

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