In the 13 years since philanthropist Paul Allen initiated the Allen Institute to study the human brain, the nonprofit has expanded its focus. The 270,000-sq-ft Allen Institute in Seattle brings together the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science and the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group into one facility.
The seven-story structure features a variety of labs and offices that petal out from the center atrium that designers say was an effort to encourage collaboration and interaction among the researchers and other professionals.
Teamwork was critical for overcoming the challenges that the project encountered. For achieving the promise of a collaborative concept, overcoming dewatering and structural challenges, and preserving a historical site, judges selected the Allen Institute as ENR Northwest’s Project of the Year and also Best Project in the higher education/research category.
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