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New William H. Danforth Wing Opens

The new William H. Danforth Wing is a wonderfully unique space that boasts 79,000-square feet of flexible labs, gathering spaces, open office suites and computational facilities for up to 100 scientists. This major laboratory addition was the result of the need to accommodate additional researchers and also to provide a nontraditional lab environment that supports advances in robotics, bioinformatics and group approaches to research.

The team of Christner + Flad Architects responded with a three-story addition, linked to the existing building by an atrium and grand connecting stair.  The labs are arranged in open, flexible modules, flanked by support space.  Glass on both sides of the lab modules allow views to the greenhouses on the north and permit glimpses of the activities within from the entry court and street to the south. 

Important to the mission of the Danforth Plant Science Center is the ability for visitors to “see into the scientific process.”  Groups touring the labs will traverse a broad corridor, with full-height views of the labs on one side and vistas of the outdoor garden on the other.

In keeping with the context and image, the exterior of the lab addition is a precisely crafted, simple volume that relates to the original, iconic structure designed by Grimshaw Architects.

Learn more about this biotech facility here:  https://vimeo.com/163613451