The Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio) at Wayne State University has been named the 2017 Renovated Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. The award was announced at the Laboratory Design Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 24.
The new IBio reimagines the way science approaches urban health issues. The $90 million facility is dedicated to studying and eliminating the many health disparities that plague the city's residents. IBio includes faculty with expertise in environmental sciences, bio and systems engineering, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and bio-behavioral health.
“IBio is a shining example of how strategic, state-of-the-art design can encourage collaboration and increase employee engagement and comfort in a functional yet breath-taking environment,” said Stephen Lanier, Wayne State University’s vice president of research. “We’re pleased to receive this recognition and grateful to our design team for their visionary work creating a tremendous space in which to conduct the cutting-edge research that is the hallmark of this university.”
The redesigned facility features a 40-foot-high concourse lined with meeting rooms, and labs with floor-to-ceiling glass partitions to provide views and create curiosity between work areas. It will eventually house more than 400 individuals within 200,000 square feet of lab and clinical space designed to foster a collaborative and flexible team science approach to research.
“The IBio provides a stunning gateway to the Wayne State University campus, and truly achieves the University’s project goals to provide a facility that promotes collaborative research by providing inspiring spaces inside and outside of the traditional lab,” said Anne-Lee Vandenbussche, Wayne State University’s director of planning and management. “We are truly honored to be recognized for this effort.”
A complete profile of the IBio will appear in the May/June 2017 issues of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. Learn more about the Laboratory of the Year winners on labdesignnews.com.
The Laboratory of the Year Awards recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging of the annual international competition was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design.