4370 Duncan Research Facility

The 4370 Duncan Research Facility is a new state of the art Neuroscience focused research facility being planned for the Washington University School of Medicine campus. The building will open in fall of 2022.

Mission & vision

The mission is to design and construct a state of the art Neuroscience focused research facility.

The vision is to provide a space which fosters engagement and collaboration, stimulates innovation and promotes interdisciplinary research for revolution in brain science.

Key project goal

The goal is to extend the campus and activate the pathways and connections to and from all facilities on the campus.

The facility should extend and not segregate the campus, acting as a connection to the community and partners but remaining a core and essential campus edge.

For more information about the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University, please visit the department’s website.

Project aspirations

The project aspirations include:

  • Create a World Class Facility for Neuroscience Research, aligning brain science researchers and creating place for interdisciplinary science
  • Accommodate growth of research programs in alignment with WUSM strategic plans
  • Extend WUSM interdisciplinary research campus
  • Respond to increasing DCM demands for housing and right-sizing existing procedural space
  • Collocate specialty research activities
  • Provide parking for staff and connections to mass transit (MetroLink and Shuttles)
  • Ease congestion (streets and parking) within WUSM campus
  • Strengthen WUSM connections to community

Project program highlights

Planned researchers

The planned researchers include:

  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neurosurgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Anesthesiology
  • Collaborators
    • Genetics, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Dermatology, Biomedical Engineering
  • Specialties / Cores
    • Hope Center associated cores (viral vectors, microcopy, microdialysis, surgical, RNA/DNA cores), Pain Center/ Study for Itch, Behavioral, Transgenic

Sustainability

The 4370 Duncan Research Facility is pursuing LEED Silver certification. The building will include features that reduce energy demand throughout, such as LED lighting, temperature set-point requirements, and natural lighting in common spaces and offices. High-efficiency lab equipment will be selected to minimize energy and water needs. High-efficiency heat recovery chillers will harvest waste heat for much of the heating needs. Minimal landscaping will reduce the need for irrigation and the building will include low-flow fixtures to reduce the demand for potable water. Building occupants will have easy access to healthy food at the café. Recycling will be promoted through building design and dock space for sorting and storing recyclables. Construction materials will be sourced locally when possible and the majority of construction waste will be recycled.

The adjacent garage will feature a solar photovoltaic array located on the rooftop level to generate renewable electricity. Low-carbon transportation will be encouraged with electric vehicle charging stations, preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, ample bicycle parking, and a new bike commuter facility, which includes showers and lockers. The building’s location will connect commuters to a network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways that link campus to Forest Park and regional greenways.

Diversity

Washington University School of Medicine has a strong commitment to the consideration and use of local certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) to the greatest extent possible. The university actively seeks to include qualified M/WBE firms when choosing vendors to be solicited and the encourages all contractors to seek M/WBE subcontractors and suppliers.

The university is also committed to the development of workforce diversity and strongly encourages women and people of color in meaningful leadership positions for all consulting and contracting teams.