Washington University School of Medicine Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology Phases 1A and 1B
St. Louis, Missouri
The Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology renovated existing office space on the 5th floor to new sophisticated biomedical research laboratories and support space. The project provided open fixed metal casework laboratory bench space with investigator tech space adjacent to each bench. Enclosed computation and equipment rooms are accessed directly from the lab benches, providing convenient support space while controlling the noise and heat generation. Because the existing building has a shallow floor-to-floor height of 12' 4", spatial amenities at the lab benches was achieved by exposing the existing steel building structure and capturing the vertical element needed in a laboratory setting. Suspended pendant light fixtures and air diffusers created a virtual ceiling plan, while ductwork, piping and telephone/data trays were distributed above in dedicated zones alleviating conflict and providing maintenance accessibility.
The project also included administrative office and conference space along with a dedicated Mass Spectrometer Lab, classroom, computation and breakroom spaces. Additional mechanical/electrical building systems to accommodate the 5th floor were provided in the basement and in a penthouse addition on the roof.