Neuroscience Leaders Tour Research Building Construction Site – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
The 11 floors of the Neuroscience Research Building have been framed; siding installation has started
Neuroscience leaders and other faculty and staff at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis got a close look at the Neuroscience Research Building during a recent tour of the construction site.
The framework for all 11 floors has been constructed and the process of enveloping the building in glass is underway. On the day of the visit, workers used giant suction cups to carefully place 12-foot-tall sheets of glass into place. The $616 million construction project is expected to be completed in August 2023.
The tour began in the basement, and its curious attendees climbed the stairs to what would become the entrance hall – now a vast, dusty, high-ceilinged space. When the building is complete, the lobby will span three stories and the full length of the building, and will be encased in glass.
“What’s most impressive is the scale of the building,” said David Holtzman, MD, Barbara Burton and Reuben M. Morriss III professor emeritus of neurology and director of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, which will move en masse. in the new building. “I saw the blueprints, but didn’t really have a clue what it looked like until I got to see it in person.”
Key areas on each floor have been blocked off and the process of equipping them for specific purposes has begun. Co-working spaces dominate the center of each floor. Researchers from multiple labs will perform side-by-side experiments in these work areas, a setup designed to maximize communication and collaboration between labs. Smaller rooms with shared equipment for specialized scientific techniques surround the central research areas on each floor. Offices and workspaces line the edges of the building, providing views of the rest of the University of Washington medical campus and the neighboring Cortex innovation community. On the third floor, a rooftop terrace that will one day house a cafe and outdoor seating is beginning to take shape.
Along with Holtzman, the group included the heads of three of the five major neuroscience-related departments – Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD, Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology; Linda J. Richards, PhD, Edison Professor of Neurobiology and Head of the Department of Neuroscience; and Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, Ralph G. Dacey Professor Emeritus and Chief of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and Chief Neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
See here for more information on the construction of the Neuroscience Research Pavilion.
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