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New Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center at Northwestern University
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center at Northwestern University is completed. The building was dedicated on June 22. The project is on track to be completed by late 2018, and is LEED Gold certified. Among its many features are a transparent double-skin facade that brings in daylight and minimizes heat and glare, as well as flexible lab spaces that encourage collaboration.
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine has opened the nation’s largest biomedical academic research facility
The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center (SQBRC) opened June 17 with a capacity crowd. Located on the university’s lakefront campus, the facility is designed for maximum connection through flexible lab settings. Its goal is to accelerate science and transform human lives.
The facility’s innovative design responds to a campus master plan of 1925, while maximizing use of limited urban land resources. It features greenery at street level and an airy glass lobby to promote permeability in a densely-populated neighborhood. Principal investigators in various fields are housed in the new building. It has space for up to 23 principal investigators and their teams. Scientists began moving into the building in April.
The new building was named in honor of two Northwestern University Trustees – Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey – who each made a leadership gift to Feinberg. Both were recognized at the event and spoke about their gifts. They were joined by other generous donors who named spaces in the facility.
It has achieved LEED Gold certification
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Centre opened in June 2019 and has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility is the largest biomedical academic research building in the United States. Located in the former Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown Chicago, the complex includes significant research lab and vivarium space, as well as meeting and event spaces. LEED certification is an award that recognizes buildings that use resources efficiently and provide a healthy environment for the occupants.
The new building features sustainable practices including reducing water and energy use, and using 20% recycled construction materials. Additionally, it features an innovative green and blue roof system that helps manage stormwater runoff. Moreover, it helps reduce the footprint of the building while allowing the safe movement of sensitive research equipment.
It has flexible laboratory spaces that promote collaboration
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Centre was designed to encourage collaboration and innovation among biomedical researchers. With six25,000 square feet of open space, it is the largest building exclusively dedicated to biomedical research in the United States. The building is designed to allow for future growth and expansion, with the ability to accommodate up to 16 additional laboratory floors.
Its Huron facade is framed by a double-layered glass wall with adjustable metal shades. It also draws natural light into interior gathering areas, which encourages interaction between scientists. The Huron also features a carefully laid-out laboratory floor with three distinct neighborhoods that promote collaboration.
It has an interconnected design that fosters opportunities for collaboration
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Institute is located on the Northwestern University campus, one city block from the Lurie Children’s Hospital. The building includes a variety of facilities for collaborative research, including wet-bench labs, animal facilities, and office space. This new building is designed to foster innovative research and new collaborative efforts.
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Institute has over 125,000 square feet of laboratory space. Previously, the Institute’s wet-lab research was housed in the Manne Research Institute. The new facility features wet-bench laboratories, animal facilities, educational spaces, and a conference center. The building is adjacent to Northwestern’s existing research facilities.