The new interdisciplinary center at the University of Utah is the latest USTAR Innovation Center to be built. The building's completion is another huge success in the USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) initiative. Public tours of the building will be given from 1 - 2 p.m. Parking is located at 72 Central Campus Drive, just east of the Warnock Engineering Building or off of Exploration Way near the west building entrance.
The new 203,000-square-foot Innovation Center contains laboratory space, core facilities, faculty office space and symposium and conference space. The building's state-of-the-art biomedical nanofabrication unit is one of the most sophisticated in the world and will help University of Utah researchers solve problems at the interface of medical science and engineering.
In a related event, we congratulate EDCUtah investor Layton Construction for receiving a 2012 Excellence in Concrete Award from the Intermountain chapter of the American Concrete Institute for the construction company's work on the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building. According to information from Layton Construction, the facility is an all-structural concrete building with a large volume of exposed arch concrete columns, walls and floors. Massive mat footings were constructed to not only carry the load of the structure, but to reduce any vibration that could occur in the future and interfere with the complex experiments that will take place in the building with very sophisticated and sensitive instruments. Layton poured concrete floors several feet thick to reduce or eliminate even the smallest vibration in the nanofabrication facility. The USTAR building is also a LEED Gold certification candidate.