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Projects | UIC SRT Lab Featured in School Construction News

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Space: The Final Frontier

The College of Medicine at the University of Illinois wants a new Surgical Research and Training Laboratory (SRT Lab) to provide state-of-the-art teaching and research environments reflective of the school’s international reputation as a leader in robotic surgery. The SRT Lab needed to incorporate three separate departments – Neurosciences, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Anatomy – each with different programmatic needs. The designed space should be futuristic, sleek and modern; almost emulating a ‘spaceship.’ To add to the design challenges, the underutilized 15,947 sq ft basement level of the historic Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) was selected for the new lab. That’s right. A basement spaceship for multiple user groups with different needs. Challenging, right? Not for us.

As examined in School Construction News’ article “New Surgical Lab to Make UIC a Leader in Robotic Systems,” Bailey Edward’s team designed an extremely flexible, high-tech space to adapt to the diverse teaching, surgery and research environments required by the three departments. The article outlines how Bailey Edward worked with surgeons, faculty, staff, and facilities to create a new space incorporating the SRT Lab, Surgical Simulation Lab, Specialized Procedures Suite, and classrooms. Read the full article to learn more about the functionality and flexibility of each space, as well as the current status of the project.