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Perkins+Will has completed the second phase of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Working closely with notable scientists throughout the programming and design phases, the project team created a customized, flexible work environment that supports innovation and discovery while accommodating diverse research approaches. Spaces also employ laboratory architecture that can change over time.
In order to meet the varying needs of the building’s occupants, Perkins+Will “maximized strategic laboratory adjacencies and shared equipment zones to form synergies between cooperative research initiatives,” managing principal Jeffrey Welter, Associate AIA, LEED AP., said in a statement. “We designed the research center to attract and retain the finest scientific talent.”
Sustainability plays a key role in the design. According to Perkins+Will, the project is one of the first to address President Obama’s federal initiative for more energy-efficient buildings. Green features include ground-source heat pumps, LED lights, geothermal wells, and a photovoltaic array.