In association with Perkins+Will as Architect of Record, SWBR designed a new $37.7 million biomedical engineering/optics building on the River Campus. The facility combines elements of the biomedical engineering program from the Medical Center and the optics program from the Wilmot Building into one new facility, which serves as a new gateway to the River Campus. The new building is integral in the creation of an engineering quadrangle on the campus. This is the first new building constructed for the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering in nearly 20 years. It combines the oldest optics department in the United States, which was created in 1929, and the university’s newest engineering program.
Labs include: BSL 2, cell culture, design and materials testing, microscopy and optics metrology, with a cold room.
An interesting sustainable feature in this project was its use of on-site bio-retention to manage stormwater quantity and quality.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award and the Association of General Contractors Build New York Award.
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