University of Colorado Biotechnology Building Academic E-Wing

University of Colorado E-Wing

University of Colorado Biotechnology Building Academic E-Wing

Flexibility for an Interdisciplinary Future

The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building co-locates 3 major groups (Biochemistry Division of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science) who’ve come together with the mission of understanding and manipulating living cells and their genetic material as well as controlling cellular behavior through a global analysis of molecular events using methods spanning a continuum from basic to applied research. Following the successful completion of the building, where HDR served as architect of record and lab planner, HDR was retained to design the academic E-Wing addition. The adaptable design and infrastructure facilitates flexibility to remodel, accommodate new technology and operate systems to optimize comfort, safety and sustainability.

Key features include:

  • Flexible infrastructure, including large floor to floor heights, low flow fume hoods and mobile casework, allows for changes to space and function of the building in the future..
  • Opportunities to reduce costs (e.g., working around existing structure) helped keep the project on schedule.
  • Laboratory utilities were reviewed to streamline operations and cost.
  • Existing materials/finishes were used where it made sense, with updates thoughtfully incorporated to refresh and look and feel of the E-Wing.
University of Colorado E-Wing
Client
University of Colorado
Location

Boulder, CO
United States

Size
365,000 sf (62,087 m²)