Dean Shapiro The crowd mingles in the plaza during the opening celebration. Evening visitors enjoy the reflective pool. Francis S. Collins, MD BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine Kitchen space Neural synapse firing. Lab Water lilies Maya Lin Collaborative space Uropathogenic E. coli-infected kidney tubules

Collaborative spaces

Innovative building and plaza become focal point of Washington University Medical Center initiatives

Friends of the university enjoyed a gala evening at the new BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine on June 16, 2010.The central location and layout of the new facility — a beacon for innovative and potentially lifesaving research — enhances the spirit of collaboration by encouraging interaction and conversation among Washington University faculty. A $30 million gift from BJC HealthCare helped to construct the 11-story building, which houses laboratories and support facilities for BioMed 21, the university’s multidisciplinary and translational research imperative for basic scientists and clinician-researchers. Designed and built to be environmentally sustainable, the building is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation. 

The BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine houses five Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs) and includes researchers from several scientific disciplines. In addition, the new facility includes several academic departments as well as other key research initiatives.

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