Digital illustration of BRIC building exterior

Biomedical Research and Innovation Center (BRIC)

Location: Long Island Campus

A 20,000-square-foot facility, to be constructed on footprint of the existing 500 Building, that will:

  • feature state-of-the-art advanced microscopy tools and technology;
  • support up to 50 researchers, including those in NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), in the development of medical and interdisciplinary microscopy research;
  • incorporate social/study spaces to engage collaboration among students and faculty in multiple disciplines; and
  • invite researchers from other institutions to utilize its advanced technological tools, filling a gap in microscopy resources currently available in the Long Island region.

While the structure retains some elements of the existing structure, including the foundation and eye-beams, it will be the first new building on campus since 1988. The self-sustaining building will be a "plug-and-play future space," evolving as technology changes and help the university create new opportunities in scientific discovery and research. Its open design and inside-outside feel of building allows glimpse into the labs and work being done.

The microscopy center represents an investment in the university's architectural, educational, and environmentally conscious presence, focusing on the themes of sustainability, innovation, technology, and collaboration/ interdisciplinarity as well as the enhancement of student experience and the university's research enterprise.

Project Team

  • Lead Architect: Studio Gang (Jeanne Gang) – powerhouse firm know for innovative sustainable conservation and re-use designs
  • Structural Engineers: Arup
  • Laboratory Consultants: Jacobs Lab Consultants
  • Environmental Consultants: Atelier Ten
  • Landscape Architect: Joe James
  • New York Tech Team Project Lead: TDB
  • Innovation/Research Expert: Randy Stout, Assistant Professor, NYITCOM

Timeline

  • Fall 2021: Project and financing approved by New York Tech Board of Trustees
  • Spring 2022: Designs and additional RFPs finalized
  • Summer 2022: Approvals and permits completed
  • Fall 2022: Ground breaking
  • 2023: Construction, equipment purchasing
  • January 2024: Occupancy

Financing

  • Estimated Costs:
    • $10 million: construction
    • $5.05 million: state-of-art technology (including new miscroscopes) + furnishings
  • Funding:
    • $14 million from New York Tech capital reserves
    • $1.05 million grant from Empire State Development Corp

Sustainable Elements

  • Timber frame
  • Clerestory glass system invites natural light
  • Geothermal system for heating and cooling with rainwater harvesting
  • "Grafted" materials will splice existing building elements (roof decking, steel columns and beams from original building) with new frame and glass elements