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Pioneering University Science Center Breaks Ground

November 2008 Download PDF

The University of Rochester announced the groundbreaking for a new Clinical and Translational Science Building (CTSB) to house its Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Designed by Francis Cauffman Architects, the 200,000 s/f facility will create an integrated home for the school's clinical and translational science program. The building will bring researchers and clinicians together under the same roof in order to accelerate the translation of breakthrough medical discoveries into effective clinical treatments.

The building contains 11 departments with offices for faculty and researchers, a clinical trials suite, a public health resource center, a conference center, and an athletic center. In 2006, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was granted one of the first National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Awards for clinical and translational research that is aimed at improving the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. CTSA projects are intended to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

The NIH call for applications was a catalyst for the University of Rochester to propose the CTSB as a means to create stronger connections between the research and clinical settings in the same building, therefore enabling swifter, more creative exchange of information. The NIH award to the University was the largest in the school's history. The CTSB is also the first new building created under the CTSA program.

In addition to receiving a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, the University received $50 million in support from New York State Governor David Paterson and the New York State Assembly in the 2008-09 budget. The CTSB will be a major catalyst for development in upstate New York, creating an estimated 600 new jobs in the Rochester area and potentially creating more employment opportunities statewide and nationally. The CTSB is also expected to generate an additional $25 million in external research funding per year. A study by the Center for Governmental Research, an independent economics consulting firm, projected a net $30 million impact on the economy of greater Rochester by the fifth year of CTSB operations.

The CTSB is part of the first major new science building on the southwest side of University's Medical Center in 80 years, which was designed in the early 1920s by Gordon and Kaelber of Rochester with consulting architects McKim, Mead & White of New York City.

The new research facility will serve as the crossroads between the southern, eastern, and western sectors of the campus. Joined by an atrium to the School of Nursing's Helen Wood Hall, the two buildings share a double-height, light-filled lobby. This connection will also facilitate collaboration between the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Nursing's research and education programs. The development of this building is consistent with the Medical Center's future master plan, which calls for growing its research campus to the south and west.

James Crispino, Francis Caugffman's principal-in-charge for the project, explained that "Francis Caaffman's designintroduces a new state-of-the-art architectural approach to the campus that is welcoming to the public and conducive to research. The design of the CTSB will match the buildings innovative research and clinical activities and set the standard for dry research buildings at University of Rochester Medical Center campus."

The CTSB embraces changes in medical education, new technologies, and sustainability. As the public face of the CTSI, it has an open, welcoming appearance that conveys the interactive nature of the programs within it. The building will introduce a new workplace methodology for the 11 research departments, now scattered throughout the campus, which will be consolidated on the three top floors of the CTSB.

The University of Rochester is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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