The Nebraska Center for Virology (NCV) has a vision to create a nationally recognized center of biomedical research excellence. The NCV links the virology programs of three institutions: the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL), UN Medical Center and Creighton University. The Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center is the new home for this multi-disciplinary environment, supporting innovative and collaborative research in an atmosphere designed to attract and promote the development of promising scientists.
The new facility is designed to foster interaction and collaboration among researchers, visiting fellows, students and staff. It includes full laboratories for 12 scientists, separate spaces for tissue culture work, a polymerase chain reaction suite, cold and dark rooms, shared microscopy and cell-flow cytometry facilities, and a Biosafety Level-3 research laboratory suite. The building gives researchers much needed space to expand ongoing research.
The NCV first partnered with IDCA to prepare a successful National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal, which included building siting, concept, project performance definition, and cost estimates, completed in just four weeks.
The design features laboratory "wings" originating from a central hub that contains building circulation, interaction/break rooms, and shared support spaces. The building design anticipates a future third wing spiraling off the hub. A single central corridor at the center of each wing divides laboratory and support space from offices. To enhance the interaction that inevitably occurs in corridors, the entrances to the office spaces are grouped at cul-de-sacs, providing impromptu breakout space for chance meetings.
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