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UT Southwestern Medical Center, C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building Dallas, Texas

Expertise

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Laboratory
  • Masterplanning
  • Sustainable Design

Size

379,590 SF | 60 acres
Bridging Ideas

Setting the organizational pattern and architectural language for future interconnectivity between buildings, the C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building bridges interactive spaces across the existing research campus.

The Master Plan

A landscaped canal divides the North Campus on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s 60-acre site. For the precursory South side of the canal, OMNIPLAN designed three of its buildings: the Hamon Biomedical Research Building, the Pickens Biomedical Building and its adjacent Visitor Parking Garage. On the North side of the canal, the C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research building is the first—setting the organizational pattern and the architectural language for the remaining 6 phases of the master plan.

  • #1 Largest LEED Silver-Certified laboratory space in Texas
  • 12 Stories
  • 8 Principal researchers per lab floor
  • 14.3% Energy savings from the high-performance HVAC alone
Smart Design

We deliberately designed the building in two stages, separating the core & shell design from the laboratory finish-out. Using this design approach advanced the project while its final users were still being determined. The building shell & core was designed around a general laboratory layout. This nonspecific lab layout provided the flexibility to easily adapt to the developing needs of its users and programs. Once the programs had been identified, the laboratories were designed in response to each principal researcher’s specific requirements.

    Maximizing Daylight

    Labs along the perimeter offer daylight to researchers. Each general lab floor has access to daylight and can accommodate up to eight principal researchers and his or her staff.

    Interactive Space

    The layout of each lab floor, along with its vertical circulation, is organized to promote spontaneous collaboration between researchers—cultivating interactive spaces where interdisciplinary discoveries can emerge.

    Flexibility for the Future

    Though some floors may initially be dedicated to administrative and classroom areas, the modular design of the building and systems allows for easy conversion into laboratory space.

Vertical Advantage

The C. Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building is the largest LEED-Silver Certified laboratory space in Texas.

  • Sustainable Site
  • Creative Reuse of Water
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Efficient Air Quality
  • Energy Excellence
  • High-Performing HVAC
  • Reflective Roof
  • The building’s verticality achieves a favorable footprint-to-site ratio, minimizing impact on the surrounding ecosystems and maximizing each floor’s access to natural lighting.

    The building’s verticality achieves a favorable footprint-to-site ratio, minimizing impact on the surrounding ecosystems and maximizing each floor’s access to natural lighting.
  • Below grade, a cistern collects rainwater to redistribute throughout an irrigation system designed to maintain the landscape.

    Below grade, a cistern collects rainwater to redistribute throughout an irrigation system designed to maintain the landscape.
  • Important to the building’s use as a 12-story sequence of research laboratories, the indoor air quality relies on meeting a minimum number of air-changes per hour.

    Important to the building’s use as a 12-story sequence of research laboratories, the indoor air quality relies on meeting a minimum number of air-changes per hour.
  • Each air-change consumes energy, so a panel of doctors reassessed the building’s requisite minimum of air changes for unoccupied spaces.

    Each air-change consumes energy, so a panel of doctors reassessed the building’s requisite minimum of air changes for unoccupied spaces.
  • The building was also awarded for excellence in energy and atmosphere.

    The building was also awarded for excellence in energy and atmosphere.
  • The building’s high-performance HVAC system single-handedly contributed to 14.3% of the energy savings.

    The building’s high-performance HVAC system single-handedly contributed to 14.3% of the energy savings.
  • The roof’s solar reflective quality reduces heat transfer to the surface of the building—saving energy that would otherwise be used to cool the building.

    The roof’s solar reflective quality reduces heat transfer to the surface of the building—saving energy that would otherwise be used to cool the building.
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    Campus Masterplan
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    Floorplan (Future)
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