News Feed Item

Perkins+Will Designs Largest Neuroscience Facility in the United States

Architecture and design firm completes Phase II of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announces the completion of Phase II of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. Located on the western edge of NIH's Bethesda, Maryland campus, the 320,000 square foot research center is comprised of ten different institutes including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Working together scientists will further groundbreaking discoveries and medical advancements impacting neuroscience research globally.

The atrium of the National Institutes of Health's John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Phase II), designed by Perkins Will, a super-green facility that opened in March to support scientific innovation and meet new U.S. energy standards. Photo courtesy of Perkins Will / ©Alain Jaramillo

"This project is one of the first to address President Obama's federal initiative for more energy efficient buildings," said Principal and Science and Technology Global Market Leader Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP. "The project is designed with the latest and best technology to be highly energy efficient."

A variety of innovative sustainability features were integrated into the facility including geothermal wells; ground source heat pumps; chilled beams; LED lights; and a photovoltaic array which augments energy generation and usage. The research center is also home to a technologically advanced MRI suite, the first of its kind in the world, which is capable of providing high resolution imaging.

"The project's design intent was to create a welcoming and efficient environment that supports innovation and discovery," said Principal and Design Director Manuel Cadrecha, AIA, LEED AP.

The project team designed spaces that encourage collaboration and communication; utilize flexible laboratory architecture that can change over time; and accommodate diverse research approaches from cell culture to computer science. The second phase of the project is inextricably linked with the first phase, completed in 2004, and together they encompass the largest neuroscience facility in the United States and fulfill the original vision of a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary biomedical research facility. The Perkins+Will project team worked closely with notable scientists throughout the programming and design phases of the project and prioritized their specific need for a highly customized and flexible work environment.

"In order to meet the needs of these groups, our team maximized strategic laboratory adjacencies and shared equipment zones to form synergies between cooperative research initiatives," said Managing Principal Jeffrey Welter, Associate AIA, LEED AP, PMP. "We designed the research center to attract and retain the finest scientific talent. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with an institute that will undoubtedly make impactful discoveries and great strides in the fields of medicine and research."

Perkins+Will neuroscience projects currently underway include the Allen Institute for Brain Science Headquarters Building in Seattle, Washington and Wright State University's Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building in Dayton, Ohio. Previous projects by the firm include Texas Children's Hospital's Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute in Houston, Texas; St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona; the Society for Neuroscience Headquarters in Washington, DC; and the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona in Orlando, FL.

About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm's 24 offices focuses on local, regional and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is ranked as one of the top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry's preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. The firm's 1,500 professionals are thought leaders developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will's culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.

Press Contact
Audrey Campbell
Public Relations Coordinator
[email protected]

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140326/NY90902

SOURCE Perkins+Will

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, a leader in Network Visibility and Uptime Solutions, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Eth...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and microservices. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your conta...
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will w...
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
DevOps theory promotes a culture of continuous improvement built on collaboration, empowerment, systems thinking, and feedback loops. But how do you collaborate effectively across the traditional silos? How can you make decisions without system-wide visibility? How can you see the whole system when it is spread across teams and locations? How do you close feedback loops across teams and activities delivering complex multi-tier, cloud, container, serverless, and/or API-based services?
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
The IoT industry is now at a crossroads, between the fast-paced innovation of technologies and the pending mass adoption by global enterprises. The complexity of combining rapidly evolving technologies and the need to establish practices for market acceleration pose a strong challenge to global enterprises as well as IoT vendors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Smith, senior product manager for Numerex, will discuss how Numerex, as an experienced, established IoT provider, has embraced a ...
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his session at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, Eric Robertson, General Manager at CollabNet, will show how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that enables everyon...
Today every business relies on software to drive the innovation necessary for a competitive edge in the Application Economy. This is why collaboration between development and operations, or DevOps, has become IT’s number one priority. Whether you are in Dev or Ops, understanding how to implement a DevOps strategy can deliver faster development cycles, improved software quality, reduced deployment times and overall better experiences for your customers.