Foundation Park Bioscience & Innovation Center

Today’s research universities are always developing new products and technologies that have the potential to grow into international corporations if given the right environment and opportunities. Foundation Park was created to provide modern laboratory and office facilities for life science companies of all sizes through all stages of development. Located in the heart of Florida’s Northeast Biotech Cluster, this 42,460-square-foot design-build project contains divisible tenant shell space for customizable laboratory and office functions with common restrooms, conference space, break areas, shipping and receiving, and mechanical spaces.

Laboratories are arranged to showcase the work of developing companies to prospective clients and investors. Modular in nature, these plug and play laboratories allow for multiple configurations based on the ever-changing needs of research and development.

At the heart of all health and biotech research is the intersection of science and passion. The laboratory blocks embody the reason and rigidity of the scientific process through their orthogonal and modular design. This allows start-up biotech companies to expand or contract as the markets demand. The common areas, where unplanned interactions and collaborations are most likely to occur, contrast the laboratory grid with sweeping curves and intersecting geometries. Transparency was also used to allow for direct visual connections between the offices and laboratories and to bring daylight and natural views to all of the laboratories.

RS&H served as the lead designer for the design-build team and was responsible for architecture and structural engineering.

“RS&H developed a concept that allows for the incremental occupancy of multiple tenants by providing expandable infrastructure adaptable to each specific tenant need. Fit-out for any space can be accomplished without the operational interruption of other areas…Their attention to detail provided the users a thoughtful workflow that enhanced operational efficiencies and overall convenience for daily operations…Their collaborative working ethic with our construction specialists and client user groups and their rapid response to client needs has made them an integral part of our science development team.” -Brian S. Crawford, President of Concept Companies

Project Details

Description Health & Science
Research & Training Facilities
Location Alachua, FL
Client/Owner Concept Development/Concept Companies
Awards Design-Build Merit Award Industrial/Process/Research Facilities Category
DBIA Florida Region, 2016
Size 42,460 SF


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