Rutgers University W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
The architecture of the center reflects the collaborative nature of the work done inside the facility, which was designed as an educational center for the scientific community. The Keck Neuroscience Center is a convergence point for over 60 laboratories worldwide, and is completely accessible to the disabled. The facilities include protein and tissue analysis, three-dimensional immunohistology and axon tracing, a confocal microscope, and an animal surgery and treatment space. They also feature one of the leading centers for spinal cord research in the world. Researchers work face-to-face to stimulate discussion at each of the custom-designed lab islands. The Center’s design helps facilitate interaction and collaboration between doctors and technicians, as well as spinal injury patients and the public. Much of the lab’s research involves collaborations that cross departmental, university, state, and national boundaries. For this reason, the center’s communication systems are state-of-the-art, and include a conference facility with ReelTime audio and visual interactive technology.
A few years after completion of the first phase of the project, the Center expanded in size and asked us to renovate the second phase.