The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Facility in New York.
We provided civil and structural engineering services for the six-story Michael F. Price Center for Genetics and Translational Medicine. The project included an interior renovation of the adjacent Forcheimer Building to provide a new faculty/student center and plaza entrance. The design of the Price Center encourages interaction among 40 principal investigators, who share research facilities in a multidisciplinary environment. Laboratories are organized along a central corridor with conference and break rooms at each end.
The new building is cast-in-place concrete flat slab construction. The 30-foot-high steel-framed mechanical penthouse bears on the concrete structure below. Also steel-framed are the first-floor loading dock, stairs and entry skylight. Challenges included the complex building geometry, accommodation of the laboratories’ extensive mechanical systems, and allowance for future vertical expansion. Site/civil challenges included relocation of existing storm water and sanitary sewer connections for a neighboring building; design of a dedicated sanitary sewer discharge line for the basement-level animal facility; installation of secondary domestic water and fire service connections; and systems for groundwater recharging, storm water detention, and site storm water and sanitary sewers. In addition, the site was limited by a triple-barrel storm sewer just east of the new building, as well as by existing trees, utilities, surface parking lot and the need to allow for future expansion.
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