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SUNY Neuroscience Research Building, Syracuse, New York

Flexibly designed, promotes researcher collaboration and interaction

The State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University Neuroscience Research Building is a new building addition to the Institute for Human Performance (IHP) located in Syracuse, New York. This expansion allows the university to have more space for interdisciplinary research, encouraging scientists from various disciplines to collaborate for the advancement in studying the causes and progression of diseases of the brain, spine, and visual system.

Arup worked with architect Goody Clancy on the addition. Together we faced the challenge of how to connect the new addition, the Upstate Neuroscience Research Building, with the older building, the IHP, so the entire project could function as one. The multidisciplinary design team achieved this goal by creating a two story, 300ft long, light-filled atrium. The atrium acts as the building’s spine, stretching the entire length of the new building, linking the original building to the new addition and housing labs, conference rooms, and lounges. These flexibly designed spaces are clustered together to promote researcher collaboration and interaction. Unique chameleon-like iridescent metal panels on the exterior of the new building contrast with the original building’s brick facade to give the addition a unique identity while livening up the neighbourhood with its dynamic coloration.

A ribbon cutting celebration and presentation was held late in 2013, with occupation beginning in Spring 2014.

We have worked with Arup in the past and it was exciting to team with them again for this very important medical research building project. The building design is open and communal in order to bring together groups of investigators with vast expertise and resources needed to solve complex medical problems. Arup enabled the project to move forward successfully by integrating our vision for the building with structural integrity so the complex works as a unified whole.
Arjun Mande AIA, LEED AP, project architect and senior associate at Goody Clancy