The University of Florida (UF) in the US has opened the $45m clinical and translational research building.
The 120,000ft² facility will bring together research teams from a range of scientific disciplines to facilitate collaboration.
Overlooking the university’s Wilmot Gardens, the building houses the UF Institute on Aging and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
The facility will also feature several other academic departments and clinical research programmes, as well as conference, training and collaboration areas.
Sustainable features of the building include the use of low-emission building materials and efficient energy production through photovoltaic cells, light sensor and water conservation technologies.
The facility is expected to secure LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.
Perkins+Will, AEI Gainesville, Structural Engineers Group, Brown & Cullen, Skanska, Moses & Associates, Siebein Associates and several local as well as Florida subcontractors provided architectural and engineering design, construction management and commissioning services.
UF president Bernie Machen said that the new facility is an important addition to the university’s campus.
"It will help us close the gap between medical research and clinical care, with great benefits for patients," Machen said.
"And by providing state-of-the-art facilities for hundreds of UF researchers, the CTRB will help the university attract grants and other external funding, positively impacting our regional and state economy."
The CTSI, which is also headquartered in the new building, serves as the hub of a research network that connects UF’s 16 colleges, the UF Health academic health centre, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and collaborators across the state and nation.
The CTSI wing also houses the departments of epidemiology, biostatistics and health outcomes and policy.
Image: University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Complex. Photo: Courtesy of WillMcC.