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Scott Hall of Medical Sciences at Wayne State U

Magazine article University Business

Scott Hall of Medical Sciences at Wayne State U

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ACADEMIC SPACE DOESN'T EVOLVE naturally into lab space. With that in mind, leaders at Wayne State University in Detroit have renovated the Gordon Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences so that it meets the school's current needs.

* FUNCTION: To be the main facility for the School of Medicine's teaching, research, and administrative offices.

* CHALLENGES: This 35-year-old building's third floor was originally classroom space, yet over the years it had been loosely converted to a laboratory research area. Five years ago, a study concluded that significant renovations were required "to maintain and advance our position as a major research institution," explains Jim Sears, associate vice president of Facilities Planning and Management. About 40,000 square feet on the floor was to be renovated to become a true research lab, with additional space for equipment, offices, and classrooms. The goal: "Create a space to meet the needs of science as it's currently being practiced," says Daniel Walz, associate dean of research at the School of Medicine. Electrical upgrades for the entire nine-story building were also called for. But all the work had to be done while the facility remained open and active.

* SOLUTIONS: After some researchers were temporarily relocated, construction crews razed most of the third floor, with noise and other distractions diminished with a chute leading directly to a dumpster at ground level. …

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