University of Minnesota – Biomedical Discovery District & Cardiovascular & Cancer Research Facility
LOCATION : Minneapolis, MN
ARCHITECT: Architectural Alliance/Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
AWARDS: Award of Excellence, ASLA MN 2014; Award of Excellence, Cast Stone Institute 2013
The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center developed a vision for a new Biomedical Discovery District (BDD) and secured funding for the $292 million investment. The centerpiece of the District is the new Cardiovascular and Cancer Research Buildings showcasing a signature forecourt plaza. The front entrance is setback to embrace the plaza, featuring a distinct egg shaped green space that separates the street from more intimate gathering spaces. Simple, elegantly detailed elements of planting areas, walls, lighting and furnishings create a welcoming atmosphere and offer places for gathering, dining, events or just sitting. A green roof provides stormwater benefits, an outdoor deck, a seating platform and collaborative outdoor space for staff and researchers.