Work will begin on the new $215m William Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago in Illinois, US, in September 2011.
HOK Architects will work in collaboration with architect Jamie Carpenter on the 24,619m& project.
The centre will provide 24,619m² of space on seven floors, including two below ground.
The building's design has been inspired by the play of light and features a glass façade with perforated metal fins and a louvred glass ceiling with an atrium.
Associate vice-president for facilities services and university architect Steve Wiesenthal said that the building would consume less energy than a typical laboratory building and it would apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for the Eckhardt Center.
Work on the project is scheduled for completion in February 2015.