Northeast Ohio Medical University Research and Graduate Education Complex

Biomedical Labs and Student Write - Up

Biomedical Research Lab

Biomedical Research Lab

“The Research and Graduate Education Building (RGE) opened to rave reviews from the faculty, staff, and students whose research is supported by this spectacular structure. From the innovative collaborative open lab concept to the beautiful and highly functional faculty offices and trainee ‘write-up’ areas, the RGE is a true gift to the research and scholarship mission of our University.”

- Walter E. Horton, Ph.D. Former Dean, College of Graduate Studies Northeast Ohio Medical University

Research and Graduate Education Complex

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Rootstown, Ohio

Research and Graduate Education Complex


Programming, lab planning, design, and construction administration services for the Research and Graduate Education Complex; project is comprised of three components: the new Research and Graduate Education Building, addition and renovations to the Comparative Medicine Unit, and renovation of Building “D” to provide laboratories for public/private partnership; program includes research laboratories, lab support, seminar and conference rooms, faculty offices, mechanical plant, connecting bridge; services included development of a 25-year campus master plan; 92,000 gsf; $34.4 million; 2013. LEED Silver certification targeted.


Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is a community-based, public institution that provides interprofessional training for medical and pharmacy students in partnership with other six other Ohio universities and more than 150 clinical facilities. Ellenzweig’s collaboration with NEOMED began with a multi-phased project to expand and update the research and educational facilities of the campus.


During the programming phase of work, NEOMED requested that the planning team undertake a Master Planning study to locate the new research and graduate educational facility and the Comparative Medicine Unit expansion in the context of 25-year campus growth. The team worked with NEOMED to develop a list of probable projects that would occur within this time frame, serving as the basis of the campus growth scenario. The planning effort included development and refinement of build-out options and associated phasing, as well as illustrations of the campus at the conclusion of the first development phase and after 25 years of growth.


Ellenzweig continued working with NEOMED to design the new Research and Graduate Education Building, expansion of the Comparative Medicine Unit, a connecting bridge to the new research building, and renovation of existing laboratory facilities to create the REDIzone (Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery, and Innovation)—an innovative biomedical research incubator.