Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Research Institute

Translational and Biomedical Research Facility

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The Translational and Biomedical Research Center for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Research Institute (CRI) provides a technically sophisticated facility that supports a broad range of research projects and protocols. The contemporary design enables MCW to expand its research environment, recruit researchers and secure additional grant money. In addition, the lab building elevates CRI’s national leadership profile in pediatric healthcare as it recruits top talent and conducts treatment and diagnostic research.

HGA led a collaborative design process between the two research organizations with a primary challenge to design a single building for two users, each with its own distinct identity. In addition, the design team needed to accommodate various laboratory functions in an open, interactive environment that still provides privacy for individual researchers.

The planning and design emphasis sought a cost-effective solution that maximized the amount of laboratory space, while creating functional, flexible labs on multiple levels. The building includes a state-of-the-art barrier vivarium equipped with engineering systems that are adaptable and meet all technical demands.