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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion

Putting science on display with transparent labs

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion

St. Louis, Missouri

This laboratory building expansion supports the research center’s mission to “improve the human condition through plant science.” New facilities for 100 scientists enable world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy, and sustainable agriculture. 

Our design team created highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” directly connected to write-up spaces.  Visual connectivity is enhanced with glass partitions, affording transparent views into the labs from the public corridor on the first floor, and opening views to the native gardens and greenhouses on the upper floors.  In keeping with the original iconic structure designed by Grimshaw Architects, the addition is a precisely crafted, simple volume comprised of terracotta and glass.

Size: 79,000 sf
Status: Completed 2016, LEED Registered - New Construction (targeting Gold Certification)
Lab Planner: Flad Architects

Christner understood that we wanted more than a functional, attractive building. They saw and understood the purpose of our organization, and became our partner to make a lasting impact.
Dr. Jim Carrington
President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

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