University of Louisville


Clinical & Translational Research Laboratory

Louisville, Kentucky

288,000 GSF, 26,760 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Master Planning, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Brick Award of Honor, Finalists Award, Honor Award - Building

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“The ability of the design team to work with the University through site relocation and a doubling of the program without changes to the overall schedule was truly exemplary.”

—Stephen Cotton, AIA, Assistant Director, University Planning


Well into planning and design on this project, SmithGroupJJR was informed that the current project would need to be doubled in size and moved to a different site. Call it a lesson in rolling with the punches. Since the building's specific research focus had not yet been decided, SmithGroupJJR's designers were challenged to plan for a set of "ghost users." Working with surrogate researchers, the team developed a flexible yet robust program that could be adapted to a wide range of scientific study.

The resulting eight-story building, featuring five floors of biomedical labs (including four BSL-3 labs), now serves as the striking gateway to the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center's growing research campus, helping attract and retain the nation's top medical research talent.

What's more, SmithGroupJJR successfully delivered this advanced translational research building $5 million under budget, and within the original fast-track schedule.

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