Percolation Effect This 330,000 square foot, 11-story tower serves as the research community’s new front door on Fifth Avenue, a prominent street in downtown Pittsburgh. Within the building’s “Gemini” floor plan, twin bars of modular laboratories run parallel and adjacent to each other. Circulation cores, office clusters, break areas and conference rooms occupy the building’s east and west ends. These functional zones define the building’s four exterior layers and modulate the massing of this very large building.
The building’s vertical organization spatializes the metaphor “idea percolation.” Research begins on the lower levels in structural biology. Then drugs are modeled and tested in computational biology, neuro-cognition, bioengineering, genomics, and proteomics on the middle floors. Upper floors provide space for drug discovery, the last stage before clinical trials.
“The BST 3 is a visible symbol of our university’s standing as one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research and it will enable our scientists to push forward with exciting work having the potential to significantly improve human health.” Mark A. Nordenberg | University of Pittsburgh Chancellor
Project Awards Include: · BSA, Award for Design, 2007 · AIA/New England, Merit Award, 2007 · R&D Magazine, Lab of the Year Special Mention, 2007 · AIA/Pittsburgh Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2006