Campus Renovations

New York Medical College Opens Renovated Basic Sciences Building

New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., recently opened the doors of its newly renovated Basic Sciences Building (BSB), according to a news release. The college partnered with DIGroup Architecture’s Healthcare Studio team for the project, which cost $6.2 million and covers an estimated 18,755 square feet. The project entailed modernizing an existing research flexibility with flexible, shared research cores.

“Like many existing academic and life sciences buildings targeted for renovation, the BSB is a highly active facility, so phasing—or the generation of swing space and close coordination of supply and labor procurement—needed to be addressed, tested and verified to assure a ‘near-zero-interruption’ level within the lab itself during this multi-year renovation,” said DIG Principal Bob Ryan, who spearheaded the project.

The new facility features a new, multidisciplinary research space with the capacity for up to 12 teams. It also includes shared instrumentation space; the installation of flexible casework systems; and technology and equipment upgrades including biosafety cabinets, fume hoods, and autoclaves.

“In addition to ensuring the seamless work of the laboratory professionals, this approach minimizes the need for costly energy consumption and supply redundancies in the name of delivering the newest best practices for lab design, including modular benches and open layouts,” said Ryan.

The project launched in 2019 and was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the news release. Another of its goals was to attract pharmaceutical and biomedical research talent across the region.

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