A new state-of-the-art research facility will soon allow New York Tech’s makers, doers, and innovators to seek interdisciplinary solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in medicine and other scientific fields.
In fall 2022, New York Tech plans to break ground on the Biomedical Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), an approximately 20,000-square-foot building that will support innovative medical and multidisciplinary microscopy research. Anticipated to open in early 2024, the new building will be the first on the university’s Long Island campus since the Hannah and Charles Serota Academic Center was constructed in 1998.
The BRIC will feature research space, workstations accommodating approximately 50 researchers, and a substantial $250,000 investment in sophisticated microscopy equipment. Collaborative spaces will allow New York Tech faculty and students, as well as researchers from other institutions, to investigate and develop critical treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and clinical depression, among other biomedical challenges.
“This cutting-edge facility, with its advanced technology and imaging, will provide students with educational opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise and provide opportunities for cutting-edge research with faculty and outside researchers,” says Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). “Outside researchers may find our equipment useful for their research, and we are hoping to expand interaction and collaboration with the greater scientific community.”
“We are very excited about the portfolio of equipment and resources that our faculty researchers will have access to internally, as opposed to going to outside institutions to use their facilities,” adds Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “The BRIC will provide the physical resources to study anything at microscopic levels, whether it is cells, microscopic sensors, or contaminants. I suspect students and faculty in all three levels of our bioengineering program will be very deeply involved in its use.”
Aspiring to LEED Gold standards, the BRIC will also be a showcase for sustainable building practices. Constructed on the footprint of the original 500 Building, the new facility will reuse existing structural elements, including the concrete slab and steel beams, and will also feature the campus’s first use of a geothermal heating and cooling system. Other sustainable design elements include daylighting to reduce the need for artificial light and a system that makes use of gray water (treated effluent). New York Tech will also build a new water treatment plant, which is expected to be completed in late 2024.
Situated to take advantage of natural light, the BRIC’s modern design will feature floor-to-ceiling windows.
“The building is designed to be a part of the beauty of the campus and reflects our renewed responsibility as stewards of the ecology and environment,” says Suzanne Musho, AIA, NCARB, vice president for real estate development and sustainable capital planning and chief architect.
Musho notes that the center provides more than 3,000 square feet of light-filled student study and social space, which is designed to further encourage multidisciplinary collaboration among students and other members of the campus community.
The $16 million capital project will be partially funded with the support of a $1.05 million grant from New York State’s Empire State Development (ESD) fund. Project partners include Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, a world-renowned architecture firm with a concentration in innovative sustainable conservation solutions, as well as environmental design consultants Atelier Ten, Arup Structural Engineers, Buro Happold, Langan Geotechnical Engineering, and the laboratory planning and design firm Jacobs Lab Consultants.
Learn more about the BRIC and other projects by the Office of Real Estate Development and Sustainable Capital Planning.
Stay tuned for information about this fall’s anticipated groundbreaking.