Emory University breaks ground biomedical research facility in Georgia, US

WCN Editorial Team 13 Dec 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Emory University, a private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, has broken ground on Health Sciences Research Building II (HSRB II), a biomedical research facility.

To be built on Haygood Drive next to Health Sciences Research Building I, the new research facility focuses on innovation, synergy and impact for biomedical research.

The new facility is backed by part funding from a $400m gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

Comprising six stories above ground and two stories below ground, the HSRB II offers over 346,000ft² of dedicated research space for imaging sciences, biomedical engineering, cardiovascular medicine, child health as well as cancer, adult cancer, inflammation, immunity and immunotherapeutic, emerging infections and other interdisciplinary research programmes.

Emory University School of Medicine dean Vikas Sukhatme said: “HSRB II will facilitate our vision of reimagining medicine - providing an innovative and collaborative environment that encourages us to tackle the most challenging problems in biomedical research and human health and providing the best chance of success.”

The new facility includes core research functions such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, a biorepository for storing biological material, genomics and other latest technologies. It also includes both laboratory and collaborative space for researchers.

The new HSRB II also includes an innovation zone along with an accelerator space for start-ups and entrepreneurial research, is planned to promote translation of scientific discoveries.

Woodruff Health Sciences Center research vice president David Stephens said: “HSRB II is in the vanguard of new biomedical research buildings, such as the Francis Crick Institute in London, creating a remarkable work environment, connectivity and synergy - open labs and workspaces with soft barriers - to facilitate discovery of the biology underlying human health.”

HOK, a design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, is designing the new facility while JE Dunn Construction will construct the facility.

Construction of the facility is expected to start in January 2020 and is targeted to be completed by April 2022.

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Image: Architectural rendering of future Health Sciences Research Building II (HSRB II). Photo: courtesy of Emory University.

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