Size: 330,760 SF
Cost: $ 244 Million
Completion: Jun 2009
The Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery provided 330,760 square feet of new research space for groundbreaking initiatives in the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences. This facility houses laboratories and office space for principal investigators, postdoctoral students, and graduate students in the departments of medicine and pediatrics, as well as the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Designed by the award-winning Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, the stunning $244 million building provides open, efficient, and flexible laboratory and office space designed to encourage cross-fertilization between labs. It features few walls, most of which can be changed easily, depending on research needs. The building also included conference and lecture halls and several multi-story public and common spaces – all designed to enhance the exchange of ideas among the 80 scientific investigators and 800 personnel who worked there.