Seattle Children's Research Institute
An institute in search of a cure
A 540,000-square-foot expansion of the Seattle Children's Research Institute campus, Building Cure will be a conspicuously transformative presence in downtown Seattle.
Most significantly, the state-of-the-art building will bring together scientists seeking to develop cures and therapies for childhood cancers, sickle cell anemia and type 1 diabetes. Building Cure is raising hopes that better-designed facilities will help push the science of immunotherapy forward. An entire floor of GMP space will become home to the Therapeutic Cell Production Core lab, a cell-therapy manufacturing center that is currently housed in the nearby Olive Lab facility and is being touted as Seattle Children's "Cure Factory." Other floors are being designed flexibly to allow responsiveness to future changes, and the inclusion of multiple collaborative spaces ensure that researchers and scientists from different areas of the building can be brought together to easily share information and ideas. Thoughtfully placed building core elements keep researchers within sight of natural light, and transparency within the plan provides for further connectivity between different people and working groups. The building will help meet Seattle Children's key goals of achieving breakthrough science and attracting and retaining top scientists.
Holding a prominent corner in Seattle's downtown street grid, Building Cure will maintain a transformative community presence, as well. The building will include The Science Discovery Lab, a teaching lab and classrooms for children and teens, with the purpose of encouraging students – Seattle Children's researchers of the future – to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Indoor and outdoor community spaces include a public café and a 225-seat auditorium set aside for scientific dialogue. These spaces serve as community assets but also mesh with goals set by Seattle Children's Science Education Department "to inspire passion for science, promote better health for students and enhance science education throughout Washington state."
Flad and Aedas are co-leading Building Cure. Flad is serving as architect of record for all scientific workplace and research space, including the Cure Factory, and Aedas serves as architect of record for the building and interior public space.