Brown University Integrated Life Sciences Building — a centerpiece in a growing biomedical research community and a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood

Providence, RI
300,000 square feet
Expected Completion 2027
Type: Academic

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reduction in energy use compared to the AIA 2030 baseline

TenBerke, in collaboration with Ballinger, is designing a new 300,000-square-foot Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at Brown University. Pending successful city approvals and fundraising efforts, the 7-story facility will provide state-of-the-art labs and workspace for interdisciplinary research in brain science, cancer, and biomedical engineering, among other disciplines. Situated opposite Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence’s Jewelry District, the ILSB is poised to catalyze breakthroughs in research on the most important challenges facing human health. As a signature project in Brown’s institutional commitment to growing its research enterprise, the ILSB will not only expand the University’s slate of cutting-edge research facilities, but also activate the public realm in a growing mixed-use neighborhood.

A robust stakeholder engagement process is underway with university user groups, researchers and members of the local community in Providence. Project leaders expect the design of the ILSB to meet its charge to attract and cultivate future generations of scientists, creating a dynamic research environment for science and people alike. In strengthening connections to its unique urban condition as much as to the broader university context, the ILSB will layer the site’s past and future to create an enduring sense of place for research at Brown, in Providence, and beyond. The ILSB will be delivered with a Lean Design-Build process and is targeting completion in 2027.

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What’s most exciting about this site is its tremendous potential to enhance the quality of the public realm and to seed a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood in the Jewelry District.

Noah Biklen, Senior Principal



Collaborating Architect

BR+A Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer

Landscape Architect

Odeh Engineers
Structural Engineer

Civil Engineer

Façade Consultant

Atelier Ten
Sustainability Consultant

Jensen Hughes
Code, Life Safety, Fire Alarm & Fire Protection Consultant

The Lighting Practice
Lighting Designer

Acoustic Consultant

Andelman & Lelek
Energy Modelling Consultant

Colin Gordon Associates
Vibration Consultant

Dispersion and Emissions Consultant

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