Wright State Univ. Neuroscience
Engineering Collaboration Building,
; Budget: $29 million
; Size: 90,597 sf
; Project Team: Perkins+Will, (design architect/lab planning); Annette Miller Architects
(associate architect); Heapy Engineering (MEP
engineer); Shell + Meyer Associates (structural
engineer); Messer Construction (GC).
; Description: Designed to foster collaboration
between neuroscientists, engineers and physicians in the field of human performance research, this four-story building unites teams from Wright State Univ. College of Engineering
and the Boonshoft School of Medicine to focus on synergistic opportunities. The focused lab
building features an atrium surrounded by research labs, collaboration spaces, office suites
and an auditorium. Two wings filled with flexible and adaptable labs branch out from the
atrium to create the facility’s L-shaped footprint.
Specialty labs include ISO Class 5 and 6 cleanrooms for developing advanced medical
devices, nanomanufacturing and 3-D printing, in-vivo imaging, laser suites, BSL-2 labs,
a university microscopy/histology core and human performance testing labs. The goal is
to develop and test medical device components that can be validated with patients. This
translational facility will advance treatment of neurological disorders and traumatic injuries.
Multidisciplined teams will investigate neural networks, develop imaging techniques to track
neurological diseases and help people at risk for disorders of learning and memory, focusing
on research at the intersection of medicine and engineering.
An exterior sun-shading system, composed of colorful glass fins, creates a signature look
and reduces direct glare and heat gain into the labs. Chilled beams reduce air change rates to
deliver additional energy savings. The building is designed to improve energy performance
by 20% over state standards and will be the highest efficiency building on campus.
; Completion date: March 2015
; Contact: Ed Cordes AIA, Science + Technology Practice Leader, Perkins+Will, ed.cordes@
Univ. of Minnesota Physics &
; Budget: $80 million
; Size: 144,000 sf
; Project team: ZGF Architects LLP (design
architect); Architectural Alliance (
archi-tect-of-record); M.A. Mortensen Company
(GC); Pierce Pini & Associates Inc. (civil engineer); Affiliated Engineers Inc. (mechanical/
electrical engineer); Research Facilities Design
STUDIO (sustainability consultant); PC/M
Consulting LLC (cost estimator); Anita Jor-gensen Lighting Design (lighting consultant).
; Description: As a leading academic medical center with an increasingly limited amount of space
on campus, Vanderbilt Univ. needed to extend
programs beyond the medical center campus.
The project consists of the build-out of
13,000 gsf of shell space on the first level of an
existing developer-constructed science center.
The program includes 8,000 gsf of wet lab
space, two NMRs, administrative and confer-ence/ break rooms and additional ancillary
spaces. The wet lab space utilizes modular
casework with approximately 32 fume hoods,
and is designed to the established standards of
the main medical center campus.
Designed with an open lab plan with full-height glass partitions, researchers are afforded
visual connections to the exterior, across the
lab and into adjacent administrative and break
areas. Open ceilings with exposed mechanicals
complement the innovative and highly technical research performed in the lab. New dedicated mechanical systems with heat recovery were
designed to accommodate the mass spectrometers, and other heat-producing equipment.
Currently pending LEED Silver certification,
a significant effort was made to reduce energy
consumption through use of efficient lighting
technology and maximizing daylight.
; Completion date: June 2014
;Contact: Brian Dowd, Principal, Blair +
Mui Dowd Architects, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Credit: Blair + Mui Dowd Architects
(lab planner); CLOSE Landscape Architecture
; Description: ZGF Architects LLP, in association with Architectural Alliance, programmed
and designed the new Physics and Nanotechnology building at the Univ. of Minnesota
(UMN). The project replaces outdated facilities and collocates programs within a new,
flexible, interdisciplinary lab located in the
heart of UMN’s science district.
The 144,000-sf facility houses the majority
of all experimental and theoretical research
groups for the Dept. of Physics, as well as fac-
ulty and graduate student office space, shared
research infrastructure, computing labs
and a wide range of meeting and conference
rooms. The building is also home to a 5,000-sf
Class 10 cleanroom for the new Center for
Nanostructure Applications. In addition, the
building provides low-vibration, magnetically
shielded and light-controlled spaces for highly
sensitive equipment, high-bay lab space and
gas-intensive and deep-pit lab bays.
The first floor of the building houses facilities
shared between both departments, including
conference and meeting rooms, reception space
and lobby are located, encouraging interaction
between the two departments and fluidity of
movement throughout the building. The space
is defined by a central atrium, which features a
mixing chamber and stadium seating.
Sited prominently on the first floor at the main
entry, the 5,000-sf glass-enclosed cleanroom can
operate as a Class 10 to Class 1000 cleanroom
and can be used by other departments and
programs on campus. Defined by interior walls
made from glazed glass, the cleanroom offers
an unprecedented degree of public visibility and
accessibility, prioritizing an attitude of “science
; Completion date: December 2013
; Contact: Erin Zangari, erin.zangari@zgf.