The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Centerbrook in 2012

Published on December 18th, 2012

Centerbrook undertook a variety of design challenges in 2012, among them laboratories for cutting edge medical research and care, a biomass heating plant, three high school science and math buildings, libraries, residences, and museum exhibits.

In addition to ongoing projects for long term clients Quinnipiac University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Yale University, Centerbrook was chosen in February to design The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a 173,000-square-foot facility to house 300 biomedical researchers in Connecticut. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Massachusetts is collaborating on the design.

Located on the UConn Health Center Campus (UCHC), the Jackson building is one of four laboratory related jobs that the firm is working on, including a Health Professions Center that encompasses a new Medical School for Quinnipiac University. Centerbrook also is designing two other projects at UCHC: an Ambulatory Care Center and renovations to the UConn School of Medicine.

Among the Centerbrook projects completed in 2012 were: an Academic and Science Building for the University School in Ohio; the Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center at the Berkshire School in Massachusetts; a Biomass Heating Facility that burns woodchips to produce steam that heats the Hotchkiss School campus in Connecticut; and the Alfred D. Hershey Building, a teaching and technical resource center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island.

Centerbrook is designing the interior spaces for Keystone Academy in Beijing, China, slated to open in 2013: they include 103 classrooms, three libraries, student and faculty residences for 1,000 people, a student center, some of its athletic facilities, and administrative offices. As is often typical in China, the mid-rise building shells have already been designed by others.

Two buildings at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania – a Student Center and a residence for the Head of School – are among ten Centerbrook projects that will be completed in 2013. Ground was broken recently for the 85,000-square-foot STEM Building (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Center for Community at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri. Centerbrook recently has begun the design process for two public library projects, in New Canaan Connecticut and West Springfield Massachusetts.

Recognition for Centerbrook in 2012 was highlighted by:

  • Architect magazine ranked Centerbrook thirteenth in its annual survey of leading national firms, “The Architect 50.”
  • Five books on architecture have or will soon publish several Centerbrook buildings
  • Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University: Merit Award, AIA Connecticut
  • Library and Archives at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Outstanding Historical Renovation Project, 2012 Library Interiors Competition of the International Interior Design Association and the Library Leadership and Management Association
  • Health Care REIT, Honor Award from the AIA Toledo, Ohio Chapter and Gold Award for Interiors from the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association
  • Ocean House: Andrew Harper’s 2012 Grand Awards; AAA Five Diamond; Travel + Leisure Top 100 World Hotels and Fourth Best Resort Hotel in continental United States
  • The US Green Building Council gave its highest designation, LEED Platinum, to the Center for Community at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Centerbrook also added four people to its architectural staff in 2012 and elevated three architects to Associates in the firm.