Neuroscience Research Building

SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Quick-Disconnect Services and Open Lab

    Photo by David Lamb

  • Internal Lab Corridor

    Photo by David Lamb

  • Atrium Spine

    Photo by David Lamb

  • Level 4, Lab Floor

    Courtesy of Goody Clancy

  • Iridescent Façade

    Photo by David Lamb

In response to evolving needs and changing research emphases, a major addition to the Institute for Human Performance (IHP) at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University expands the research focus beyond human activity and rehabilitation to encompass exploration of disorders of the nervous system, including behavioral disorders, such as ADHD; diseases of the eye; and neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. The block-long, five-story Neuroscience Research Building doubles the size of the 1990s-era IHP and creates a single interdisciplinary science community.

The 31 labs support molecular biology and neuroscience research, comprising a combination of closed and open labs, wet and dry labs, and lab support. The new building enhances interaction and sharing of facilities with microarray, microscopy, and phenotyping cores, as well as space for a future cyclotron. Plug-and-play movable casework and piped overhead services provide a high level of flexibility. The facility includes a full-floor, 30,000-sf vivarium, as well as an imaging facility to support installation of MRI, PET, and other modalities. The vivarium is supported by a full interstitial floor for service access to systems without disturbing the animals. The layout of the vivarium, located on the building’s second floor, takes full advantage of its position on the site. Offices are clustered at the north end of the floor where daylight access is possible, whereas the southern half of this floor level is buried in the site’s sloping profile, which is advantageous for animal facilities, which generally do not require daylight.

New and existing lab floors are aligned to create a seamless link between the structures. The floor-planning approach for the lab floors (Levels 3 and 4) of the addition is a simple elongated rectangle in which the program is layered from east to west as a series of “strips” of lab, internal lab support, corridor, and shared support. The simple bar of new research space connects to the existing building with a two-story, linear atrium around which are clustered conference and break rooms, offices, and shared facilities to advance collaboration. A skylight runs the length of the atrium, filling the space with natural light. This allows optimal daylight penetration into the labs while organizing the program elements in a logical, efficient configuration. 

Clad in iridescent metal panels that provide color and variety, the new building (known locally as the “chameleon building”) intentionally contrasts with the brick original building to express its forward-looking program. The unconventional exterior of the addition is intended to give it a unique identity and to provide a more colorful image that stands out in Syracuse’s typically cloudy climate.

The addition is tracking LEED Silver.

[Project Profile data provided by Goody Clancy]

Project Data
Project Type: 
Expansion, Renovation
Completion Date: 
October, 2013
Location: 
Syracuse, NY
Delivery Method: 
Multiple Bid Packages
Project GSF: 
155,734
Project NSF: 
103,163
Project Cost: 
$63,000,000USD
Construction Cost: 
$55,413,696USD
Building Descriptors: 
Biomedical
Interdisciplinary Research
Laboratory
Laboratory: Biomedical Research
Laboratory: Core
Laboratory: Dry And Wet
Laboratory: Research
Research
Research: Biomedical
Vivarium
Organizations
Goody Clancy
Architect
Pathfinder Engineers and Architects
Associate Architect and LEED Coordinator
Turner Construction
Construction Manager and Advisor
LaChase Construction Services
Construction Manager, Bid Package 1
Northland Associates
Construction Manager, Bid Package 2
Strategic Science & Technology (SST) Planners Inc.
Laboratory Planner
Cosentini Associates
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Arup
Structural Engineer
Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying
Associated Structural Engineer, Bid Package 1
R.W. Sullivan, Inc.
Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineer
Watts
Civil Engineer
Vermeulens
Cost Consultants
Falk Associates
Specifications
Genesys Engineering
Commissioning Agent
Acentech, Inc.
Acoustical Consultant
Cermak Peterka Peterson, Inc.
Wind Dispersion Consultant
Carpenter Norris Consulting
Daylight Consulting
Mott Manufacturing
Lab Casework and Fume Hoods
Pure H2O Technologies
Lab Water
Published 6-10-2015