The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Structural Biology Research Center
What makes a building

Buffalo News, Sunday May 7, 2006
by Richard Huntingtony

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Hauptman-Woodward's new 73,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is a three-story, environmentally sensitive structure designed by Cannon Design's Los Angeles based architect Mehrdad Yazdani. This $24 million facility centers on the principle of scientific collaboration, providing an open, functional, and visible working environment.

The HWI Structural Biology Research Center is divided into three distinct parts; laboratories, office and support spaces, and a three-story atrium that unites the two. The laboratories are housed in the square shaped section of the building with U-shaped laboratory modules surrounding shared core facilities. The exterior covering of the laboratory is a channel glass called Profilit™, which is translucent allowing privacy for researchers while at the same time allowing maximum natural light into the building. The administrative, science, and support offices are housed in the circular section of the building along with conference rooms, work rooms, and our boardroom. The exterior of the office complex is covered in metallic aluminum panels with staggered window openings creating diverse office spaces. The three-story atrium joins the research and office complex together creating informal meeting spaces where people can congregate and engage in discussions. The first floor atrium is open space that will be utilized for events and scientific symposia. The second floor atrium contains the staff lunchroom and science commons area. The third floor atrium contains our science library. The atrium is also home to a grand staircase that is prominently featured as you enter the building.

Our new building is the gateway to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It would not have been possible without the dedication and support of federal, state, and local government as well as local foundations, corporations, and individuals.

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