The U-M Medical School’s Biomedical Science Research Building opened in February 2006, providing a new home for more than 100 faculty and scientists.The approximately 470,000 gross-square-foot building's architectural style of openness and flexibility fosters project collaboration and inspires intellectual innovation. Space was planned around scientific themes rather than departments so faculty working on similar projects are encouraged by proximity to collaborate and innovate.
- Located at 109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- 415 feet long x 200 feet wide x 100 feet tall
- Six levels (two partial) of research laboratories and faculty offices
- Two levels of vivarium space (including an imaging core, surgery, behavioral testing suite, aquatics suite, cage/rack washing facilities)
- 300-seat auditorium
- 1,600 square feet of divisible seminar room and break-out area
- 144 total faculty offices
- 16,000 square feet of linear equipment space throughout the building
- Two thousand truckloads of ready-mix concrete were poured for the foundation and structure of the new BSRB building.
- Nearly 100 subcontracting companies were involved.
- At the peak of the construction phase of the project, there were close to 500 workers on the job.
- At the beginning of this project, there was a large hole that required 55,000 truckloads of dirt to be removed -- truckloads that, if lined up end-to-end, would stretch nearly 30 miles!
- There are 9,400 pieces of structural steel and the total weight of the structural steel frame is 4,000 tons.
- There are 3,800 very large windows, 12 elevators and enough electrical wire to extend 230 miles (or from New York to Baltimore) to power up the building, equipment and computers.
- There are 48 lab modules per typical floor, grouped into six "neighborhoods" – 240 lab modules total.
- There are a similar number of alcoves used for tissue culture, fume hoods, general bench space and lab entries.
- There are 19 procedure rooms per typical floor.
News Releases about the building's construction & grand opening
- May 6, 2006: BSRB builders honored
- February 13, 2006: University Record article – U-M rolls out red carpet at BSRB
- Winter 2002: Medicine at Michigan article – U-M Biomedical Research to Gain New Facility
- April 9, 2003: News release – U-M officials break ground for medical school building
- September 18, 2001: News release – U-M Regents to review new biomedical science research building plans