HDR TMK Selected to Design Center of Integrated Diabetes Research Building in Munich

(April  8, 2013) - On the heels of the recent HDR TMK merger, HDR TMK has been selected to design its first science + technology project in Europe—the Center of Integrated Diabetes Research at the Helmholtz Center in Munich. The four-story, multidisciplinary life science research center will include more than 50,000 SF (4,700 SM) of space dedicated to diabetes research. HDR TMK will provide architectural, laboratory planning and contract administration services for the approximately $41.6m (€32m) building. 

The Biosafety Level 2 research center will facilitate basic research, translational research, epidemiology and clinical applications as they relate to diabetes. With about six million diagnosed diabetes cases and an estimated equally high number of unreported cases in Germany, the facility will act as a catalyst in curbing the diabetes epidemic and the associated impacts on the country's economy and medical system.

"This will be a first-of-its-kind facility in Germany, and one that will benefit tremendously from our local architectural expertise and our global perspective on the design of science facilities," said Michel Keitel, project principal in HDR TMK's Leipzig office. "The facility will blur the lines between science, research and healthcare, housing strategic clusters of researchers working together to tackle one of the grandest health challenges our country faces."

The estimated completion date for the project is spring 2016.

In early 2013, TMK Architekten • Ingenieure, one of Germany's leading architecture firms, joined global design firm HDR Architecture. The combined firm—HDR TMK—is the hub for HDR Architecture's healthcare and science + technology design programs in Europe.