University of Missouri International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine

University of Missouri International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine

We worked with the University of Missouri-Columbia on the design of the new International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine.  The project is a new 27,200 SF stand-alone facility built at a project cost of $12.5 Million.

The International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine utilizes a specialized type of synthetic organic medicinal chemistry.  This research falls outside the mainstream of the biomedical research that is prevalent on the MU campus and requires a more sophisticated facility solution.  This type of research is considered one of the more hazardous varieties known to a university environment due to the potential for fire and explosion because of the many solvents and Class 1A chemicals involved and triggers the obligation to comply with additional building codes.  Much of the medical research that will occur within the building will be conducted in full containment chemical fume hoods to minimize such risks. 

The building was designed for world-renowned scientist M. Frederick Hawthorne who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2012.  The Medal of Science is the highest award given to an American scientist.