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Today's laboratory buildings are emerging as vibrant expressions of high technology and revolutionary science. Leading-edge science facilities require extensive, forward-thinking insight into the interrelationship of facility design and scientific discovery. Laboratory and research facilities for the future should be highly interactive and collaborative environments, places of high-technological impact that allow researchers more freedom in the ways they work and interact with each other and the laboratory.

CannonDesign, an internationally ranked multi-disciplinary firm of over 1,000 delivering services through 16 offices, has committed ongoing leadership and resources to the development and implementation of ideas in this area through the firm's Science & Technology Research Group, which continues to enhance the firm's status as thought leaders in the programming, planning, and design of science facilities. Our clients include Boston University, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Yale University, Saint Louis University, the National Institute of Health, Hauptman Woodward Research Institute, and the University of Kansas.

Mark Whiteley, RIBA

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San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


In the News

UChicago Medicine Breaks Ground on Comprehensive Cancer Center

Published 9/27/2023

University of Chicago Medicine broke ground in September of 2023 on an $815 million cancer center that will provide world-class environments for research and treatment. CannonDesign's architectural vision for the freestanding facility will radically elevate the patient experience by bringing together clinicians, investigators, and physician-scientists to optimize the delivery of team-based care.

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Constructs Schuylkill Avenue Research Building

Published 11/28/2022

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia began construction in October of 2022 on the $600 million Schuylkill Avenue Research Building. Situated next to the existing Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, the 350,000-sf tower will provide world-class laboratories where investigators and clinicians from different disciplines can engage in interactive discovery. CannonDesign’s architectural vision for the 14-story facility strategically collocates wet and dry environments to accelerate the creation of innovative new therapies.

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University of Utah Breaks Ground on Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine

Published 11/18/2022

The University of Utah broke ground in October of 2022 on the $185 million Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. Designed by VCBO and Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, the 185,000-sf facility will feature flexible learning studios that can be subdivided to accommodate a variety of class sizes. With integrated technologies to support hybrid and remote instruction, the highly collaborative structure will include a state-of-the-art simulation center and a modern gross anatomy lab.

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University of Utah Breaks Ground on Impact and Prosperity Epicenter

Published 10/28/2022

The University of Utah broke ground in September of 2022 on the Impact and Prosperity Epicenter in Salt Lake City. Collocating academic, entrepreneurial, and residential functions, the 284,808-sf facility will act as a living and learning community for the David Eccles School of Business. The six-story structure will feature The Forum, a vibrant gathering place where users from diverse programs can network and collaborate.

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University of Rochester Expands Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Published 9/26/2022

The University of Rochester is engaged in a $42 million expansion of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in Brighton, N.Y. Featuring Class 1000 cleanrooms for target fabrication and thin film coating activities, the 66,000-sf addition will include a laser computing facility, general and wet-bench research venues, and open office environments. The largest lab will house the AMICA laser system, a high-energy, long-pulse laser that is being assembled for Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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