Carnegie Institution for Science Singer Research Building
The Maxine F. Singer Research Building supports the partnership of Carnegie Institution of Washington (now known as the Carnegie Institution for Science) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – a collaboration which has existed for over a century. The 75,000-square-foot facility, located on JHU’s Homewood Campus, replaced the existing laboratory building from the early 1960s that previously contained the research activities of Carnegie Institution. The new building houses Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology and helps Carnegie maintain its role in the application of functional genomic methods to the study of cellular, molecular, and developmental biology.
The Singer Research Building was planned to encourage frequent interaction among researchers and includes 13 modern and well-equipped research laboratories, as well as shared spaces, such as a library, meeting rooms, genomics facilities, specialized instrument rooms, and supply rooms. The arrangement of spaces in the building puts a larger emphasis on discrete lab support and animal space relative to dedicated research lab space, helping to free individual labs from the burden of carrying in-lab support activities such as equipment and instruments. The research building includes an electron microscope/scanning electron microscope facility, microscope suites, cold rooms and animal spaces such as a barrier and a non-barrier rodent facility, fly cage rooms, tad poles and frog isolation, holding and procedure rooms, and a large zebra fish facility. Page/SST Planners provided lab programming and lab planning services for the building, which was designed by ZGF.