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SUNY Binghamton University

Behavioral Neuroscience Research Facility

Location: Binghamton, NY
Project Completed: 2011
Size: 55,000 GSF
The construction of this new facility results in consolidated space for vivaria currently scattered throughout the Science Complex.
what mattered to the client
  • to add state-of-the-art neurobehavioral research space on top of an existing one story vivarium
  • to consolidate all animal holding and testing into the new building for health, safety, and efficiency reasons
  • to create a research environment that encourages collaboration and provides the flexibility to reconfigure research groups over time
  • to seamlessly connect to the two adjacent science buildings by keeping all floor levels consistent
  • to maintain a major campus pedestrian route that goes directly through the project site
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • The plan arrangement provides connection, but also clearly defined zones of access for the different categories of researchers and staff.
  • The zoning of the building provides flexible proportions of wet lab, dry lab, testing, and holding space to meet the varied and changing needs of the researchers.
  • The "bridge" corridor connects the three science buildings and creates a pedestrian arcade at the plaza level to enhance cross-campus pedestrians.
  • The design team's use of Building Information Modeling was critical in coordinating the architectural, structural, and MEP systems. Demonstration of the coordinated systems was necessary to receive acceptance by the State University Construction Fund reviewers. This was the first project fully designed for the State University of New York using BIM.
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