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University at Buffalo, State University of New York

John and Editha Kapoor Hall

Location: Buffalo, NY
Project Completed: 2012
Size: 150,000 GSF
what mattered to the client
  • to transform an abandoned facility and create a campus biomedical community to include School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and biotech research divisions
  • to create a learning environment to support practice- and lecture- based teaching formats
  • to accommodate both pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science research with highly sophisticated research space, integrated computer technology, and instructional spaces with range of audio/visual/data capability
  • to transform the relationship of research groups by maximizing lab areas, group capacity and enhancing collaboration both in and outside the University
  • to utilize "University of Buffalo High Performance Building Guidelines" to achieve LEED™ certification, asbestos abatement, metals testing, new windows, energy efficient lighting, "low flow" plumbing systems and new fire protection system
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • Pharmacy Practice Suite accommodates 75 students for lecture and practice-based skills labs; Pharmacy Care Lab provides individual lab bench designed to integrate compounding and computational activities; and counter for compounding, drug research, and drug identification, with visual access to electronic screens for lecture-based instruction.
  • Semi-open labs enhance collaboration by locating small research groups of two and three faculty in a shared lab, and reduce infrastructure by centralizing common equipment and support facilities.
  • Project includes 40,000 NSF of chemistry, biomedical and analytical research laboratories including Bio informatics, microbiology, molecular modeling suites, cell and tissue culture labs, cell dynamics, and LC/MS labs, as well as testing lab for processing samples from local institutions and industry, including BSL3 cultures and radioactive samples.
  • Building is designed to achieve LEED™ Gold Certification through site selection; existing materials and building re-use; optimized energy performance; alternative transportation; water efficient plumbing; construction waste management; energy performance; recycled materials, certified woods and low emitting materials.
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