Science Building Addition and Renovations Lorain County Community College
New Laboratory Sciences Building Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS) Eastern Virginia Medical School
Medical Education and Research Building Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chilled Water Plant Expansion Brown University
Warren Alpert Medical School Building Syracuse University
Life Sciences Building EMD Serono
Sagamore North Building Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research Iowa State University
Coover Hall of Engineering Harvard University
Naito Chemistry and Bauer Laboratory Complex University of Vermont
Jeffords Hall Plant Sciences Building Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Biogeochemistry Research Building Post Office Square
Parking Structure and Park Pavilions Community College of Baltimore County
New STEM Building Michigan State University
Secchia Center for Medical Education Michigan State University
Grand Rapids Research Building University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
School for Marine Science and Technology Research Building EMD Serono
Sagamore South Building Simmons University
Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities
Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Building
“The project had ambitious time and budgetary goals and the team responded with both creativity and vigilance…Through the work of collaborative professionals, the facility exceeds expectations. Its location marks Michigan State University as the “gateway” to the Medical Mile and positions it to drive the university’s commitment for life-science innovation and expansion with future partners.”
- Elizabeth M. Lawrence, Senior Associate Dean, Strategy and Finance, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids Research Building
Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
The new biomedical research building, located in the Grand Rapids medical mile, an area defined by a rapidly expanding Life Sciences industry, provides research space for 33 Principal Investigators in the disciplines of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, and Pediatrics and Human Development; the design provides for future expansion to accommodate 12 additional PI’s and their research groups.
Program spaces include wet and dry bench laboratories and lab support space in a 1:1 ratio, researcher write-up space, a 15,000 sf rodent facility comprising animal holding and procedure rooms, surgery, imaging and behavioral suites, and support spaces, offices for faculty and research administration, meeting rooms, and open breakout and collaborative areas.
The facility is configured as a seven-story building above ground with six occupied floors and a mechanical penthouse, with carefully zoned building blocks to support the primary goal of the project: a research laboratory block with the animal facility on level six and a parallel office block with offices for the PI’s and support staff. The two blocks are joined by a sky-lit atrium space with horizontal and stair connections, providing natural light to the researcher write-up areas and open office administrative spaces. The horizontal connections have ample width to accommodate soft seating and discussion areas that promote discourse and collaboration.
Strategically located at the intersection of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue, the building geometry is configured to create an active urban space at that major intersection. The project is targeting Gold certification by the USGBC. The projected energy use intensity (pEUI) for the building is 76.5 kBtu/sf/yr. When compared to the adjusted Labs 21 national average EUI of 277 kBtu/sf/yr for similar laboratory buildings, the GRRC is projected to be 72% carbon neutral.
Ellenzweig served as Design Architect and Laboratory Planner in a collaboration with SmithGroup JJR, Architect of Record.