Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Research Tower

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Project Info
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Completion Date: 2010
Square Footage: 185,000

S-Lab Award, New Laboratory - Research Category, 2014
Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories (S-Lab)

Citation Design Award, 2011
AIA, Georgia Chapter

Associated Builders and Contractors Award, Infrastructure Category, 2011
Associated Builders and Contractors

OMRF’s new 186,000 square foot (17,280 square meter) Research Tower is a biomedical research facility focused on Alzheimer’s, lupus, cancer, cardiovascular disease research among others. The forward-looking exterior image represents the future for OMRF as well as the state of Oklahoma. The overall building image featuring wind turbines and an iconic, progressive exterior has inspired the city and the research community. The upper floors house the core labs, while the lower floors contain an imaging suite, vivarium, mechanical space and a clinic. The core labs are conceived as highly flexible spaces that can be reconfigured in many ways to support all research at OMRF. The main level includes support amenities to serve the entire campus, including a large exhibition/gallery/assembly space and outdoor seating areas highlighting gardens and water features.

The Research Tower features many innovative sustainable design strategies such as use of the Venturi Wedge/active chilled beams as well as renewable energy solutions such as the DNA-shaped wind turbines atop the building.

Within the building, the floor plan solution is derived from a highly efficient “pin wheel” which centralizes the building core and creates four blocks comprised of laboratories and offices on the upper research floors. The four laboratory blocks are separated by floor-to-ceiling glass at the exterior that allows views and access to natural daylight from almost any location within the building. The “pinwheel” also allows for increased communication and collaboration as it centralizes the shared amenities such as conference rooms, break rooms, informal teaming areas and restrooms at the core of the building, providing an area where collaboration is unavoidable. This floor plan provides more square footage where labs need it most, in the open lab and office areas.

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