Integrative Biosciences Center receives 2017 AIA Michigan Sheet Metal Award

June 19, 2017

Integrative Biosciences Center receives 2017 AIA Michigan Sheet Metal Award

HED's Integrative Biosciences Center at Wayne State University has won the 2017 Sheet Metal Award from the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Michigan Chapter for its integration of the mechanical systems into the overall facility design. 

The Sheet Metal Award recognizes outstanding achievements and excellence in its use of sheet metal. 

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."

The officially received its award on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the annual AIA Michigan Honor Awards. Learn more about the AIA Michigan Honor Awards winners at AIA Michigan's website.