Research Center Design - Washington University School of Medicine Scott McKinley Research Building - Clayco

The Debra and George W. Couch III Biomedical Research Building

Project Description

Clayco served as the construction manager for the 6-story, 215,000 square foot state-of-the-art research lab facility. WUSM is using this building to consolidate key research departments including genetics, genome sciences and systems biology, cellular imaging, internal medicine, developmental biology and radiology. Each department has collaborative meeting and knowledge spaces, support areas and offices. The building was designed to foster collaboration between and across the different research departments. It features cutting edge research laboratory (Wet/Dry) space with flexible team oriented labs.

Additional features include a full basement that contains lab space, a centralized freezer farm and glass wash room and the main mechanical and electrical areas. There is also a generously sized penthouse that contains the lab exhaust and additional mechanical space. It is a LEED v2009 Silver Building with a building skin consisting of stone and curtainwall as well as a generous green space adjacent to the newly dedicated space for food truck service created as part of this project.

Clayco was involved early on in the design process with the rest of the team. This early involvement allowed Clayco to maximize our ability to apply our expertise in constructability, sequencing and estimating to promote real time decision making that lead to many key building decisions that maximized scope and budget including an additional floor, an additional bay, lab convertibility and floor-to-floor heights that contained the coordinated MEP systems without excess/costly plenum space.