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Springfield Combined Laboratory

Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine

The Project proposes the addition of approximately 108,000 GSF to the existing Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility located at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Rod Reid, as principal of Ratio/Severns, Reid and Associates, prepared the Program Statement and Program Analysis to coordinate and codify the needs of the three agencies that will use the space. The Addition has been designed to relieve the overcrowding within the School of Medicine, Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  After Programming, the Firm provided full architectural services throughout Design and Construction Closeout.

Since the building was designed to accommodate four separate State Agencies, all working together under one roof, a number of collaborative spaces were developed to accommodate opportunities for shared research.  Joint efforts between groups with similar goals are enhanced through comfortable and convenient discussion areas.

The site, immediately adjacent to the existing facility, was chosen both to continue the existing corridor system, which is part of a larger network of corridors linking medical campus buildings, and to maintain the adjacency of existing to new space for each of the three Using Agencies.

A portion of the space for the School of Medicine is the expansion of their Laboratory Animal facility on the First Floor and their office suites on the entire Second Floor. The Third Floors also houses School of Medicine offices as well as labs and offices for the Illinois Department of Public Health.  A final area of expansion of the facility houses labs, offices, Firearms testing and firing, drug chemistry, DNA and fingerprinting for the Illinois State Police Forensic Crime Laboratory.