Interdisciplinary Research Building

Howard University and Turner Construction Company, along with the project team of Brailsford & Dunlavey (Owner’s Representative/Program Manager), HDR Architecture (Architect of Record), and Lance Bailey & Associates (Consulting Architect), have broken ground on a new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB). The IRB, to be located at 2201 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, is a cornerstone of the University’s academic renewal initiative, and its prominent gateway location on the Georgia Avenue Corridor is a public expression of Howard’s commitment to 21st century research.
The new 81,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building will support and promote interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration. The research building is designed as an energy-efficient (LEED) facility which will incorporate cutting-edge technology and the latest educational, environmental and research standards. It will include wet and dry laboratories, instructional space, research support space, ground floor retail, and centralized offices for faculty, students and academic staff.

“This project is a monumental milestone for the University,” said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau. “We have evaluated our academic offerings as part of the Commission on Academic Renewal; and we are working to streamline, modify and augment them in response to rapid changes in higher education. The Interdisciplinary Research Building will enrich the research and instructional environment.”

The Interdisciplinary Research Building is slated to open in the Fall of 2014. Due to the strict requirements associated with clean-laboratory research, the Interdisciplinary Research Building will be designed and constructed to mitigate potential vibration, acoustical, magnetic, and radio-frequency interferences.

"Through the expansion of our interdisciplinary collaborations, we will maximize our strengths as a University,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “The University becomes much larger than the sum of its parts, and strategically positioned to serve the local, national and global community while fulfilling its mission as a research institution.”

Interdisciplinary Research Building - Georgia Ave & W Street View
Interdisciplinary Research Building - Georgia Ave & W Street View

Interdisciplinary Research Building - Georgia Ave View
Interdisciplinary Research Building - Georgia Ave View