University of Kentucky Opens Multidisciplinary Research Building

UK President Eli Capliouto addresses Grand Opening attendees in the Research Building 2 central atrium. Photo: UKentucky.

The University of Kentucky in Lexington has opened a new state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research building designed to promote collaborative approaches to researching public health issues.

Designed by HGA in partnership with Champlin Associates, the 300,000-square-foot Research Building 2 (RB2) brings together multidisciplinary research teams in basic biomedical research, health services, public health, behavioral sciences, bioinformatics and big data, economics, and engineering to address the state’s most pronounced health disparities, including cancer, heart disease, opioid addiction, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

“Joined by our partners in progress, we open the doors to a modern facility that will be a shining beacon of hope—a testament to the idea that we can turn the tide on disease and suffering in the Commonwealth,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “UK’s new multidisciplinary research building is the result of a partnership between the state and its flagship university, equally committed to a better and brighter future for Kentucky.”

Located in the heart of UK’s biomedical research campus, the six-floor facility includes two-thirds wet labs and one-third dry labs and computational space for 500 researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students. The building is connected to the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) adjacent to the Lee T. Todd, Jr. College of Pharmacy Building, creating an interconnected complex of research buildings focused on health, pharmacology, basic research, and behavioral sciences.

VP for Research Lisa Cassis leads a tour of the labs. Photo: UKentucky.

Laboratories are designed as neighborhoods within an open plan concept to promote synergy between disciplines, enabling researchers to share insight and data from different perspectives. Design features include an open lobby to foster interaction between researchers and community participants, visible stairwells to encourage physical activity, and a café serving healthy food to promote nutritious eating.

“21st century health concerns need 21st century solutions,” said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. “The University of Kentucky is already renowned for their innovative medical research. We are confident that this center will further enhance their reputation for excellence, and we are grateful to everyone who made this next giant leap possible.”

For more information, visit the University of Kentucky.