Clinical Sciences Building Will Open This June
Cincinnati Children’s newest research tower, the Clinical Sciences Building, will quite literally serve as a bridge between research and care.
The building represents a deeply held aspect of the medical center’s culture – close cooperation between physicians and scientists to move the latest innovations rapidly from the lab to the bedside.
“This building symbolizes translational research in every way - geographically, structurally, and functionally,” says Kristine Justus, PhD, Vice President of Research Operations and Assistant Director of the Research Foundation. “This is the piece that connects our research to our clinical care in a fundamental way.”
Laboratory spaces are organized in “neighborhoods” to encourage collaboration, and research divisions that work together frequently will be located near each other. “Beehive” spaces will be equipped with conference rooms and 24-hour refreshment areas to support impromptu gatherings.
After three years of work, the 15-story, 425,000-square-foot building will connect the hospital’s main clinical center to the William Cooper Procter Research Tower, which opened in 2008. The new tower brings our total square footage in research buildings to more than 1.4 million square feet, making Cincinnati Children’s one of the country’s largest pediatric research centers. More than 1,500 physicians, scientists and support staff will work here.
From spaces for advanced imaging research to clinics for participants in clinical studies, the new tower will be a nexus to bring children and science together. The first three floors will feature a soaring, open atrium where families participating in clinical trials will find a one-stop shop to receive study-related exams, scans and tests. Some of its highlights include a pharmacy to compound and manage investigational medications, a shipping area where clinical samples can be quickly packed in dry ice, and a metabolic kitchen where families can learn how to prepare foods for children with special dietary needs.
Cost: $205 million
Height: 201 feet
Funding Sources: Operating cash, investments and philanthropy
Architects: GBBN, GBR, HDR
•New labs for clinical and translational research
•Research imaging facility
•Research focused outpatient clinic
•Collaborative space known as the Beehive
•Rooftop respite garden
•Office space for executive leadership and staff