The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute is a 72,400 sf 3-story laboratory research facility with associated office and support space. Lovelace Institute houses several major DOD funded medical/biological research programs associated with bioterrorism, toxicology, gas inhalation, bacteriological research, pharmacology, etc. This state-of-the-art medical research laboratory facility contains 39 biomedical, forensic and general chemistry research labs ranging in size from 600 to 1,800 sf.
This expansion is a major addition to an existing administrative and laboratory facility and features a contemporary southwestern architectural style, composed of interlocking geometric blocks producing a colorful dynamic balance of form and massing while at once being expressive of internal building zones. The building successfully accommodates hazardous occupancies with attractive public and office areas.
The building was placed on a confined site area between two existing buildings. A new two-story entry lobby features a full height glass curtain-wall, overlooking the conference room & lounge. This creates a dynamic, sculptural space with a semi-detached elevator with a bridge connection to the main structure. An overhead continuous vaulted skylight and generous curtain wall glazing incorporate the existing wall of the exposed side to building 14. Windows from adjacent labs in both buildings borrow daylight and provide views from the expansive atrium.