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National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Biomedical Research Laboratory Building

The primary mission of the building is to pursue biomedical research in areas such as HIV and Cancer. The large open light-filled laboratories were designed to respond to multiple research missions in infectious disease. Phase I includes 85,000 gsf of laboratory space and administrative and conference center support.

The labs are generally open and very flexible to facilitate teamwork to support the research and development objectives of the NIH.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2000
85,000 gross square feet

Architect: HLM Design
MEP Engineers: RMF Engineering, Inc.
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Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville, VA

Kluge-Moses Science Building

The new 34,000 sf Kluge-Moses Science Building allows PVCC to train health care professionals in the region with a variety of specialized laboratory and classroom resources. It houses state-of-the-art instructional laboratories for chemistry, biology, microbiology & biotechnology (with UVA hospital), gross anatomy and nursing that includes specialized spaces such as advanced simulation labs for radiography, nursing critical care, emergency medical services and surgical technology. ADA workstations have been fully integrated into the design of the student workstations in all teaching labs

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory planning and laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2010
34,000 gross square feet

Architects: The Lukmire Partnership
MEP Engineers: R.G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP
Photographs by Eric Taylor İ EricTaylorPhoto.com








Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Robert H and Clarice Smith Building

This new building for the Wilmer Eye Institute provides new space for research, clinical and residency programs in ophthalmology. The facility is currently designed with five floors of flexible, open-design laboratories to support a variety of research programs. A five-story atrium will encourage interaction between researchers, provide a large gathering area for lectures and events, and will bring natural light into the laboratories and offices. Bridges across the atrium will connect laboratories and office suites, while transparent glass walls in the laboratories will provide a visual connection to the atrium and offices. Interactive spaces within and near the atrium will enhance a sense of community among Wilmer researchers.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory planning and laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2009
202,000 gross square feet

Architects: Wilmot Sanz & Ayers Saint Gross
MEP Engineers: RMF Engineering












The University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Bioengineering and Medical Sciences Building

This new building is intended to relieve a shortfall of research space and to consolidate the entire biomedical engineering department under one roof. Other key elements include consolidation of the Pathology Department from several campus locations to co-locate much of their research and clinical space in a single location. Also included in this new building is the Cardiovascular Research Center, and Comparative Medicine which manages all vivarium spaces on the UVA Medical School campus.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory planning and laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2001
150,000 gross square feet

Architects: HDR/Kallman, McKinnell & Wood Architects
MEP Engineers: HDR Engineering








Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, Maryland

Talbot Science Laboratory Renovation

The renovation of a one story 70ıs era science building provided the opportunity for new multi-departmental labs with integrated Audio-Visual technology for the life and physical sciences. The renovation of Talbot Hall at Chesapeake College used PKAL principles to foster hands-on learning, promote student-faculty interaction, make scientific instrumentation, equipment and services accessible, and bring natural light into the lab spaces. The core of the building contains a central meeting area flanked by 5 multi-disciplinary labs with associated lab support spaces to maximize interaction.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory planning and laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2008
25,000 gross square feet

Architects: Marshall Craft
MEP Engineers: Gipe Associates, Inc.










Montgomery College
Germantown, Maryland

Organic Chemistry Lab Renovation

This renovation of a computer lab into a new state-of-the-art organic chemistry lab relieves a shortfall of teaching space in an older classroom building. The design places the hoods around the perimeter of a "U" shaped student/faculty work area. With this design, faculty can easily interact with students. The excellent sight lines facilitate the effective use of the centrally located scientific instruments, the demo table and the AV Smart Table. Technology is fully integrated into the lab. Storage cabinets are lined with whiteboards to maximize casework functionality.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory planning and laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2008
1500 net square feet

Architects: Burt Hill
MEP Engineers: Burt Hill










Marshall University
Huntington, WV

The Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center





The Robert C, Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University is a multi-disciplinary laboratory building that brings the undergraduate School of Science and the graduate programs at the School of Medicine together under one roof. The new building, which also has a pedestrian bridge crossing a major roadway, links students directly to the existing science complex on the main campus.

One of the buildingıs main objectives is to foster collaboration in both teaching and research activities by bringing a wide variety of disciplines ­from Biology to Forensic Science‹together within flexible and reconfigurable modular laboratory spaces. Teaching labs are specifically designed to have fixed furniture and equipment at the room perimeter, with floor outlets and ceiling exhaust systems on a modular grid in the center of the room to allow easy reconfiguration depending on faculty requirements.

In addition, core spaces, such as an extensive imaging suite, an animal facility and computer labs are resources available to all disciplines and are tools for bringing hands-on learning to budding student scientists. The building also includes well-appointed, day-lighted student learning, study, conference and break areas that are distributed across all four floors of the Center.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab planning and lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.


Completion Date: Fall 2006
120,000 gross square feet plus Bridge

Architects: The HDMR Group
MEP Engineers: Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, Inc








Belmont University
Nashville, TN

The Inman Center, College of Health Sciences & Nursing





SST Planners provided detailed laboratory programming services for the new Gordon Inman Center, College of Health Sciences & Nursing. The new $20 million dollar facility will be multi-departmental and will include labs for learning that simulate acute care, skills, maternity, pediatric and physical therapy environments. The building will be named after its primary benefactor and will provide an excellent nursing and health sciences education to students who will graduate into a demanding and challenging field.

The lab programming process included an extensive benchmarking study of health care and nursing facilities nationally. The lessons-learned from these programs, combined with the leadership of Belmontıs administration and departmental faculty, resulted in a carefully tailored facility design best suited to the long-term requirements of the university to be responsive to growing healthcare needs nationally.

The Nursing Acute Skills Lab for example simulates a real critical care setting for an optimal learning experience. Each bed provides medical services typically found in a hospital setting. The lab also has complete AV facilities for in-lab demonstrations and recitations with the hands-on bed stations immediately available around the room perimeter.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided detailed programming.


Completion Date: 2007
71,000 gross square feet plus connecting bridge

Architects: Earl Swensson Associates
MEP Engineers: I.C.Thomasson Associates










The University of Maryland
Frostburg, Maryland

The Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies
Appalachian Environmental Laboratories




The Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies (Appalachian Environmental Laboratory) is a joint effort between the "Center" and the University of Maryland. Located at the Frostburg campus this laboratory is primarily to support research, yet provides for a minimal number of teaching laboratory spaces.

Research space that will be supported in this facility includes Water Chemistry, Conservation Genetics, Soil and Plant Ecology, Toxicology, Behavioral Ecology, Quantitative Landscape Ecology, Water and Stream Ecology, Wildlife Sciences, Forest Ecology, and Groundwater Ecology. Other support spaces include an aquarium room, greenhouse, headhouse and separate chemical storage building.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab planning and lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.


Completion Date: 1999
48,000 gross square feet

Architects: Ammon/Spillis Candela
MEP Engineers: Henry Adams, Inc.








George Washington University
Northern Virginia Campus

Solar Energy Research Lab Renovation

The lab is designed for the development of solar energy storage systems. An extensive overhead grid system enables development of novel solar simulation testing systems.

The renovated laboratory has new and upgraded MEP services, new casework and equipment, and provides flexible research laboratory space for Electrochemistry, Fuel Cell Testing, Solar Simulation, Optics, Spectroscopy and Fabrication.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2009
2000 gross square feet (about 1600 nsf)

MEP Engineers: R.G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP








James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Integrated Science and Technology

The College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) first academic building includes learning laboratories, media classrooms, jury room for peer review of student projects, conferencing space, and offices for faculty and graduate students.

The essence of the Phase 1 building is in the array of teaching and research laboratories and the adaptability of those spaces to be reconfigured for a variety of uses. The 4,000 data connections within the space significantly contributes to that flexibility.

Teaching and research laboratories include microscopy, instrumentation, materials testing, product development, telecommunications, engineering and manufacturing, operating systems, UNIX systems, environmental, analytical chemistry, information and knowledge management, media, biotechnology, video-routed computer, physical science, and laser/ optics.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, is currently providing the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration for Phase 3 of this campus complex.

Completion Date: 1997 (Phase 1) and 2004 (Phase 3)
91,000 gross square feet (Phase 1)

Architect: CRSS Architects (Phase 1)

Architect: HLM Design (Phase 3)
MEP Engineers: R. G. Vanderweil Engineers, Inc. (Phase 3)










Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Clark Biomedical Engineering Research Building

SST Planners is supporting JHU's Medical School and Homewood Campus to create a building to support Medical School requirements integrated into the JHU Engineering Department.

Spaces in this new building include an administrative area for the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, teaching and research laboratories for tissue engineering, a clean room, and research and teaching labs for computational modeling and imaging. Also included is a small animal holding and procedure space.

SST Planners, consulting laboratory planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.


Completion Date: 2001
60,000 gross square feet

Architects: HLM Design/ Robert A. M. Stern Architects
MEP Engineers: RMF Engineering, Inc.








The College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland

Knott Science Center

SST Planners supported the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in the renovation and addition of the Knott Science Center. The existing building, constructed in 1967 has been well maintained throughout the years, but does not respond to new teaching methodologies and technologies, and as such requires a major renovation.

In addition to significant mechanical, electrical plumbing and telecommunications upgrade, the team has provided a 40,000 gsf addition to the Knott Science Center that will accommodate many of the wet teaching laboratory spaces that are especially fume hood intensive, and will renovate portions of the 50,000 gsf existing building for psychology, physics, math, and computer sciences.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 1999
85,000 gross square feet

Architects: George Vaeth Associates/ Robert A. M. Stern Architects
MEP Engineers: Henry Adams, Inc.






The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR)
Rockville, Maryland

TIGR Building No. 5

SST Planners supported TIGR, a not for profit biomedical research center, in programming and planning a new laboratory as part of their master plan to expand their complex to facilitate the hiring of approximately 300 new researchers to employ new technologies. The 125,000 gross square foot laboratory will be situated on four levels and accommodate these additional researchers. Specialized laboratories include micro-array, proteomics, FACScan, cell culture, and bioinformatics.

The building has been planned to be economically efficient to operate, flexible to use and reconfigure, and to enhance scientific interaction. Workstation and computer based space on each floor are clustered in a zone with an efficient recirculated, air conditioning system. The general wet research labs are also clustered and generically planned, while the specialized labs are customized to accommodate unique instrumentation. Though the building is not LEEDS rated, energy efficiency in the design of the building and the systems infrastructure played a significant role in the planning process.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: Spring 2004
125,000 gross square feet

Architect: Leo A Daly
MEP Engineers: Vanderweil Engineers










The National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

National Cancer Institute

SST Planners provided support to the National Cancer Institute in the renovation of Building 10 patient care units into open research laboratories. These renovated laboratories are part of a new prototype of laboratory space at NIH: larger more open BSL2 laboratory spaces that are more easily reconfigurable in support of changing research missions over time.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 1998
4,000 gross square feet

Architect: Wilmot/Sanz Architects
MEP Engineers: RMF Engineering, Inc.






The United States Geological Survey
Reston, Virginia

J W Powell Building

The J. W. Powell Headquarters Building in Reston, Virginia houses the Geologic Division and the Regional Water Resources Division of the U. S. Geological Survey. Included in these two divisions are the Eastern Mineral resources Survey Team, the Eastern Energy Resources Survey team, the Global Change/Hazards Team, the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Team, the Coastal and Marine Program, and the Bureau of Regional Research. Some specific goals identified include:

  • Will not exceed 6,500 nsm of laboratory and laboratory support space
  • Re-use, as much as possible, existing walls, columns, and shafts
  • Avoid excessively or individually planned or customized laboratories
  • Laboratory and laboratory support types include chemistry, wet instrument, dry instrument, dry prep, microscope, computer, mechanical, photographic, and biological.


SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, and casework drawings.

Completion Date: 2001
200,000 gross square feet

Architect: Burt, Hill, Kosar, Rittelmann Associates
MEP Engineers: Burt, Hill, Kosar, Rittelmann Associates
Photographs are courtesy of BHKR Associates






Confidential Pharmaceutical Client


This European project reused an existing one story building and converted the space into modern laboratory and laboratory support space for molecular biology and high-throughput screening using robotics in support of non-clinical research, synthesis, and pharmacokinetics. This project was one of several as part of a larger strategic facilities master plan for the research component of the campus.

SST Planners provided strategic facilities master planning, laboratory programming and facilities planning for this project.

Completion Date: 1998 with additional ongoing projects
20,000 gross square feet of renovated space






Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania

Psychology Department Renovation

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neurosciences at Lafayette College has moved into the newly renovated existing gymnasium building. This building now provides state-of-the-art research, teaching, office and animal space in order to achieve one of the best programs at a liberal arts college in the country. This building will support faculty requirements for a multi-disciplinary program that emphasizes hands-on , investigative laboratory and classroom learning experiences that encourage collaborative and independent faculty and student research.

The focus of the building renovation is on human and animal related research and teaching space with accompanying testing and observation rooms. Repetitive, modular spaces are used to permit future changes and easy access to power and data.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2001
50,000 gross square feet

Architect & MEP Engineers: RTKL
Photograph of Lab is courtesy of RTKL






Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

O'Leary Center for Geology and Psychology

Bucknell University has completed the construction of the OıLeary center, a new science building to house the departments of Geology and Psychology. The project will eliminate a shortfall of state-of-the-art teaching and research space and consolidate departmental resources. This building will have connections to the existing Rooke Biology building and Olin Science. Geology spaces include teaching and research labo-ratories for sedimentology, and paleontology, structural geology, analytical geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, geomorphology, and hydrogeology. The building will also house a forty foot flume.

Psychology occupies two floors. The new facilities will support teaching and research for child development, cognitive and perception, as well as clinical research. The project also encompasses the renovation of Rooke hall to accommodate animal spaces for cognitive research.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2001
45,000 gross square feet

Architect: Spillman Farmer Architects
MEP Engineers: Brinjac, Kambic & Associates
Rendering is courtesy of Spillman Farmer
Photograph is by Steven Wolfe Photography






Acadia University
Nova Scotia, Canada

Centre for Life Sciences: Botanical Research Centre

SST Planners has provided laboratory design services for this state-of-the-art building which is dedicated to the environmental research of the Acadia ecosystem. Included in this research building are nine research greenhouse spaces, student research, faculty research for plant genetics and plant physiology, growth chambers, a conservatory, fern house, herbarium storage, a monitoring garden, and storage and display of the Universityıs zoological collection. In addition, this new complex includes an auditorium, seminar rooms, offices and other support spaces needed to complement the Universityıs research efforts.

The following is quoted from the Acadia University Web Site: "The new Centre for Life Sciences will be a focal point of creative, interdisciplinary learning and research. The talents and ideas of the world's leading architects and most innovative laboratory designers - Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York, and SST Planners of Washington DC- will make the new complex the most productive learning environment imaginable to support the development and sharing of knowledge in the life sciences. The building will complement the advanced Environmental Sciences, Research Centre and Campus Meeting Place, and will link to Acadia's network of coastal field stations. Together, this critical mass of infrastructure will provide the analytical and laboratory tools necessary to support the teaching and research needs of faculty, and the learning needs of students. The design of the new Centre for Life Sciences embodies the latest thinking in laboratory design and is driven by the following 21st century principles:

  • The facility will be designed to maximize flexibility
  • Accessibility will be a key design feature
  • The design will facilitate students' participation in primary research by designating space to support their work
  • The facility and the Academy will foster and support interaction among faculty and students in an interdisciplinary mode of operation
  • The new complex will be a "green" facility, maximizing use of renewable materials and utilizing systems which will minimize life-cycle costs."

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2002
56,400 gross square feet

Architect: Robert A.M. Stern
Photographs are courtesy of RAMSA






West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

Biomedical & Cancer Research Center

SST Planners provided programming and laboratory & vivarium design services for a new research laboratory building at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. The new facility is part of a masterplan initiative for a major expansion of cancer and neuroscience research on the Morgantown campus. The facility will also include updated core labs and link to other research assets at the Health Science Center. Each floor of the project was programmed for a different scenario:

  • Level 3 was programmed for an established known research group, the Sensory Neuroscience Research Center, and the design team was encouraged to tailor the space to a specific situation.
  • Level 2 was intended for as yet to be named investigators and new recruits and needed to be highly flexible and somewhat generic.
  • Level 1 was completed as shell space, to be completed as Level 2 was occupied, and would most likely emerge as a version of Level 2.

The lab planning process included extensive consideration of applicable research facility prototypes and included site visits to peer institutions and case study reviews. The result of the process was a consensus among current investigators that an open lab concept provides working flexibility and a level of interaction not achievable in the existing cellular facilities. The building is expected to establish a new lab design model for subsequent project phases at WVU.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, laboratory design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2008 (Levels 2 & 3) and 2009 (Level 1)
114,000 gross square feet

Architect: Stanley Beaman & Sears, Inc.
MEP Engineers: Newcomb & Boyd Engineers










Bradley University
Peoria, Illinois

Olin Hall Science Center

SST Planners programmed, planned, and designed laboratories for a complete renovation and addition to Olin Hall housing the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Therapy Departments. An animal facility supports Biology research and will be AAALAC approved. The new facility provides faculty and students greater possibilities for a collaborative environment. Research and teaching spaces have been accommodated in an organizational concept that reflects the desires for departmental adjacencies and natural light to offices.

An adaptable planning module and careful functional zoning are intended to enable future changes to space ownership, configuration and use in parts of the building. Many teaching spaces provide the potential for multiple seating configurations and all student work stations provide computer network connections. Use of natural light and attractive and durable finishes add to the success of the project.

SST Planners, consulting lab planners for this project, provided the laboratory programming, lab design, casework drawings and laboratory related construction administration.

Completion Date: 2002
140,000 gross square feet (combined addition and renovation)

Architect: Phillips Swager Associates
MEP Engineers: Henneman, Raufeisen and Associates












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