This project transformed 13,000 GSF underutilized and aged space of the original 1925 Medical Center building to a state-of-the-art research space. The renovated lab project co-locates six existing cores: genome technology core, BioVU (DNA repository), DNA resources core, DNA sequencing core, Vanderbilt microarray shared resource (VUSR), and the flow cytometry core.
Unique to the VANTAGEproject was limited slab-to-slab height, atypical column grids, and outdated MEP infrastructure. The only feasible option was a gut renovation rebuilt with new HVAC systems and reuse of existing infrastructure where possible. The HVAC design concept employed the Venturi-Wedge induction air system, which is a co-patented design by our own Principal, Tom Fisher. The space is also served by a 100 percent outdoor air unit complete with enthalpy wheels for heat recovery. In special areas, such as tissue culture and robotics room, exhaust is provided by constant and variable volume terminals with room pressure monitoring control. Laboratory spaces are complex and difficult to achieve LEED certification, so Phoenix Design Group, Inc considers the Gold level of certification a significant accomplishment.