The University of Louisville embarked on a major biomedical research facility that would, through the planning and design, represent the goals and high standards of the University and create a state-of-the-art research facility that would attract and retain the best researchers in the country, consolidate existing programs and provide for the opportunity to augment on the success of programs already established within their research community.
The facility provides research laboratory and vivarium support space for 87 Principal Investigators. In addition, the facility includes shared functions that support the entire research community such as bio-informatics, bio-safety level 3 and proteomics core laboratories, and central interaction spaces.
This project is currently pursuing LEED Gold certification and SmithGroupJJR was the deign architect in collaboration with a local firm as architect of record.
The design intent of the Clinical and Translational Research Building was to create an open, flexible laboratory and inspire collaboration amongst researchers that wouldn’t normally share notes. Its physical presence was designed to be an emblematic statement for the University’s support of medical research.
Additionally, through the different phases of design, the scope of the project kept changing in size and location due to funding. However, the team adapted and came up with innovative solutions to deliver a high design facility in which they worked around the strict parameters of a tight urban parcel both on time and under budget.