New campus research building to open soon
June 14, 2016
The four-story, 130,000-square-foot Bioengineering Facility will open this fall, opening the doors for new opportunities between engineering, medicine and environmental sustainability.
Construction of the laboratory building began in September 2013 and concluded last December. The purpose of the facility is to increase collaborative research between colleges within the university, primarily the College of Natural Resources, College of Human Medicine and College of Engineering.
The building is strategically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Science B-Wing to simplify partnership efforts between departments.
“We incorporated a lot of lessons learned from the design of other research buildings,” said Ken Gottschalk, project manager . “Collaboration was the cornerstone of the entire project. Everything was fostered around the idea of making it easier to work with others.”
New features include enthalpy wheels, which capture general exhaust and pre-heat incoming air, network controlled LED lights for the entire building and video-wall collaboration cubicles. For bike commuters, a secure bike parking facility also is available.
All four floors provide future research space. They include laboratories, offices and shared equipment areas.