Messer Construction Co. broke ground today with BSA LifeStructures on Indiana University’s Neurosciences Research Building in Indianapolis. The 137,000-square-foot facility will provide research space for a broad range of neuroscience research and is anticipated to be complete by 2014.
The Neurosciences Research Building is a collaborative initiative between the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, bringing together research and clinical care focused on neurological disorders. With inpatient care, outpatient care and research in one location, the traditional barriers between clinical care and research can be broken down, facilitating and expediting the translation of scientific discoveries to practical applications.
The facility layout fosters collaborative research through shared technical support and centralized analytical facilities. Flexible equipment and resources allow the research spaces to adapt to different discovery pursuits and adjust to technology over time. Rather than assignment of research space to traditional departmental units, the school has formed interdisciplinary, thematic teams of researchers with broad expertise and a disease oriented focus.
“This modern, flexible building design will promote the collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians that are key to future success in biomedical research, and to our ability to transform laboratory discoveries into important new therapies for patients,” said David S. Wilkes, executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine.
The exterior of the Neurosciences Research Building features an efficient skin, composed mainly of glass that will help the building seek LEED Silver Certification and provide the interior with an abundance of natural light. The exterior aesthetics are consistent with other Indiana University research facilities and represents the ground breaking research occurring inside the facility.
“The Neurosciences Research Building will provide researchers and healthcare professionals the flexibility and adaptability they need to achieve successful medical and research outcomes,” said Jim Hill, BSA LifeStructures Principal and lead architect on the project. “BSA LifeStructures is proud to collaborate with Indiana University on this project and look forward to aiding in their pursuit to enhance medical collaboration and improve healing results for the community.”
“Serving as the construction manager – advisor for this job, our role is to work collaboratively with BSA LifeStructures to advise, coordinate and inspect the project design and construction from beginning to end for IU School of Medicine and IU Health. As a builder that specializes in health care, higher education and life sciences, we’re excited to be part of this important project and bring the vision for it to life. In doing so we’ll be using Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, an advanced method for creating a virtual 3D representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the building, as well as Lean Construction techniques to deliver a building that is built with the same forward-thinking principles in which it was designed,” said Steve Bestard, vice president and GM for Messer Construction Co.