University of Utah opens new research building

22 April 2012 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2012 18:30)

The University of Utah (UofU) and the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Governing Authority have opened a new $130m research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.

University of Utah research facility in US

The University of Utah (UofU) and the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Governing Authority have opened a new $130m research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.

The building is located inside UofU’s campus in Salt Lake City, between the engineering buildings and the health sciences school of medicine.

The facility, named the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, was funded with $100m from the state of Utah, along with private gifts.

The 208,000ft² building features open lab, office, conference and atrium spaces, and houses the Brain Institute, the Nano Institute of Utah and Department of Bioengineering.

The building also houses research laboratories and specialty core research facilities for biomedical microscopy, engineering microscopy and nano-fabrication.

USTAR governing authority chairman and managing director at vSpring Capital Dinesh Patel said: "The building site both physically and academically unites the health sciences with the main campus."

Open lab spaces will have adjacent closed equipment rooms and nearby office space, which will be used by the principal investigators.

The flexible laboratory spaces along with core support labs are designed to support inter-disciplinary collaboration among scientists.

Many of the exterior walls of the building feature floor-to-ceiling glass, which allows natural light to spread throughout labs and gathering areas.

The facility intends to reduce both energy use and energy costs from current laboratory code requirements by a minimum of 40%.

Designed by architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Atlanta office in association with Prescott Muir Architects in Salt Lake City, the facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

 

Image: The 208,000ft² building features open lab, office, conference and atrium spaces. Photo: courtesy of University of Utah.