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Integrative Biosciences Center at WSU Named 2017 Renovated Laboratory of the Year

April 26, 2017

Integrative Biosciences Center at WSU Named 2017 Renovated Laboratory of the Year

HED is pleased to announce its Integrative Biosciences Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan has been named the 2017 Renovated Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design.

To attract multidisciplinary researchers from around the world, Wayne State University imagined a facility that embodies their mission as a public, urban research university -- to create new knowledge that improves the quality of life for its surrounding community. The new Integrative Biosciences (IBio) Center re-imagines the way science approaches urban health issues.

Because the problems IBio addresses are emergent and span many disciplines, the design is replete with strategies known to encourage collaboration, increase employee attraction, and enhance physical and mental comfort, including good natural light, air quality, thermal comfort, views of the outdoors, biophilic design features, variety of spaces, frequent opportunities for unplanned meetings, attractive stairs and circulation, careful balance of transparency and privacy, etc. A 40-foot-high concourse lined with meeting rooms acts as the main circulation spine and social mixing valve. The labs use floor-to-ceiling glass partitions to provide views and create curiosity between work areas. As one media article put it, "The entire building is dedicated to generating 'aha moments."

Now in its 51st year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging of the annual international competition was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. A complete profile of the Integrative Biosciences Center will appear in the May/June 2017 issues of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design.

Learn more about the Laboratory of the Year winners on Lab Design News.com.