The mix of animals and humans posed a unique challenge not well addressed by healthcare and public health codes. Highly specialized ventilation and spatial interlocks had to be developed to minimize cross-contamination, while providing maximum flexibility to the researchers. One of the operating rooms is planned for an additional modality, a cardiac interventional platform. While solving all these technical challenges, the architecture is focused on making a place that is welcoming and comfortable for patients and a great collaborative working environment for staff.
Function and Geometry
The massing and form of the addition were derived from its function. The overlay of magnetic field patterns, as defined by the hospital’s physicists, pinpointed areas where the new MRIs could be located. These positions introduced an unexpected geometry, shaping the project’s relationship to its site and the organization of the CSI’s two programs: the inter-operative research expansion on level 2, which includes the hybrid OR and support space for human and animal research; and the expansion of the Imaging Pavilion on level 3, which houses two additional MRI rooms, new patient reception and waiting space and support space for the imaging department.
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