The University of Florida Gainesville's Clinical and Translational Research Building (or CTRB for short) is a modern medical facility designed to bridge the gap between research and patient treatment. Designed by Perkins+Will, the CTRB offers a highly collaborative environment that will encourage interdisciplinary research and education on a number of important health topics like aging and muscular dystrophy. The building, which is currently awaiting its LEED Platinum certification, not only helps to save energy, money and the planet, but forms part of the overall plan to improve health.
CTRB is a five-story, 120,000 square-foot facility that serves as headquarters for clinical and translational research at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the entire state. The facility houses the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the UF Institute on Aging as well as several research groups studying topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, Muscular Dystrophy and Health Outcomes and Policy. Highly collaborative by design, the building itself will help encourage scientists, researchers and doctors to work together to help solve pressing health issues.
Perkins+Will is aiming for LEED Platinum certification for their flexible and technology-driven design. The prismatic curtain wall reflects and refracts natural light to help reduce energy use, and a rooftop photovoltaic system provides 8-12 percent of the building’s electricity. Rainwater is collected to irrigate landscaping and flush toilets while natural ventilation to minimize air conditioning is provided via displacement ventilation systems that help keep the interior cool.
“The Clinical and Translational Research Building is a state-of-the-art facility designed to encourage collaborative study by incorporating three main components: healthcare, education and research,” said Pat Bosch, LEED AP, Design Director with the Perkins+Will Miami office. “It was important to the client and to us that the building foster researchers’ goals of shortening the time from laboratory discovery to bedside treatment.”
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