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It's Not Your Grandfather's Building

October 24, 2003
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson 410-955-5384
Email: gstephenson@jhmi.edu

IT’S NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S BUILDING!
Hopkins’ New Broadway Research Building Opens

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Broadway Research BuildingThree years in the making, the $140 million, 372,000-square-foot Broadway Research Building opened on the East Baltimore campus of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

In a striking departure from the traditional red brick style that characterizes much of the Hopkins medical campus, the new 10-story building boasts exterior walls of glass and concrete, along with vertical “steps” on its north side that visually “walk” viewers’ eyes to a glass-enclosed faculty lounge and coffee shop.

Dominating the corner of Broadway and Madison Street, the facility, designed by Payette Associates of Boston, features six floors and 119,300 square feet of advanced biomedical research laboratories used by Comparative Medicine, Medicine and Basic Sciences faculty along with administrative offices and conference rooms.

In addition to housing the School of Medicine’s five vice-deans, School of Medicine administrative offices, the Office of Research Administration and other administrative operations, the building also will house the Hopkins McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Institute for Cell Engineering.  Later this year and early next year, the offices of the general counsel and Hospital/Health System president will also be relocated to the new building.

 “This building is a modern manifestation of the research imperative that has been the hallmark of Hopkins for more than a century,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of its medical faculty. “Within its walls will come discoveries we trust will benefit the world.”

The interior design of the building also differs from the traditional Hopkins layout, says Michael Dausch, director of design and construction at the School of Medicine’s Office of Facilities Management.  “We wanted a lab design that fostered an interdisciplinary approach to research, so labs are not designated to be used by specific departments, but rather by entire institutes,” he said. “These large, open spaces feature shared equipment areas and group gathering spaces to encourage experts to work together.”

A connecting pavilion links the third floor of the new building to the existing Ross Research Building to foster even greater collaboration among researchers across the campus, Dausch notes.

 The Broadway Research Building is one of several new buildings recently completed or in planning as part of the East Baltimore campus master plan. The plan includes two cancer research buildings, the basic science research building, a cancer treatment facility, two patient buildings (a critical care building and a women’s and children’s facility) as well as numerous other buildings for support services and parking.

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