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Architects Selected for Life Sciences Building


Two firms will work together to design a hub for scientific collaboration and discovery in Providence.

Brown University has selected a dynamic, multifaceted architecture team to design its planned integrated life sciences building in Providence’s Jewelry District neighborhood. The building will create new laboratory space for high-impact research that can lead to breakthroughs on pressing health-related issues.

Deborah Berke Partners, a New York City-based practice, and Ballinger, a Philadelphia-based team of architects, engineers, planners, and designers, will work in partnership with the University. Together, they’ll employ their collective talents, skills, and experiences toward designing a building that enables cutting-edge, collaborative life sciences research while helping to further invigorate the neighborhood.

A vote by the Corporation of Brown University during its fall meetings in October approved the selection of the architecture team, marking an important next step toward realizing Brown’s long-held vision to create state-of-the art research space for the life sciences in proximity to The Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and affiliated hospital partners.

University architect Craig Barton, who managed the selection process, says the committee members who recommended the two-firm design team were impressed with the firms’ portfolios as well as their shared focus on working together and with a wide range of stakeholders.

“This unique collaboration of Deborah Berke Partners and Ballinger will bring to the project a world-class approach to academic building design as well as exceptional technical skills for creating laboratory and science spaces,” Barton says. “That’s an incredibly powerful combination, and we’re pleased to have both partners aboard as we begin the process to turn our vision for this integrated life sciences building into an active project.”

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