one another,” James Morgan, PhD, scien-
tific director, St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital told Laboratory Design. “A feeling
of openness and transparency is enhanced
through the use of interior glass walls
and natural light from a courtyard and sky-
lights. Bridges and open staircases span the
atriums and link interaction zones.”
The facility will feature six floors state-
of-the-art research labs, focused on immu-
nology, neurobiology, cell and molecular
biology, gene editing, metabolomics, ad-
vanced microscopy, epigenetics, genomics,
immunotherapy and RNA biology.
“The Advanced Research Center is actually comprised of five separate buildings
due to seismic issues in the Memphis area.
The fault lines informed the design of
the building. And while it is five separate
buildings, it will feel like a single collaborative space,” said Morgan.
Sustainability features include leading-edge energy efficiency practices;
materials that have been procured from
the Memphis area; an all-LED dimmable
lighting system; continuing to incorporate
HEPA-filtered air; and a magnetic bearing
chiller that will make the building efficient
at low outside temperatures.
The research center was design with
flexible features to accommodate future
“To ‘future-proof’ the center, two floors
and part of the basement will be shelled for
future growth. We have identified optimal
locations for current and future instrumentation that might be sensitive to interference from vibration, electromagnetic
field lighting or fluctuating temperature,
and have designed them appropriately,”
“Thus, the advanced research center is
expected to serve the institution’s needs
in the short and long terms.
This could also allow St. Jude to re-
cruit and develop new departments and
department chairs if research opportu-
nities are identified.”
MaryBeth DiDonna is Editor of Laboratory
Design. firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @labdesignnews
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Seismic issues in the Memphis area influenced the design of the building.