Adapted from a 50-year-old former Nabisco Cookie factory, The Center for Device Innovation at Texas Medical Center’s new facility features a state-of-the-art machine shop, wet lab, electronics lab, and 3D printing lab, private offices for focused work and informal areas that promote collaboration for as many as 20 device teams. The space is designed to respect the building’s history, while functioning as a modern workspace.
An open and flexible work environment serves as a space to congregate and collaborate, complete with phone rooms, a virtual reality suite and cafe. A focal point upon entry to the space is the bright blue conference room created using two large shipping containers. The industrial piece plays with the scaling of the larger building, providing researchers with a secluded, technological space.
The duration of this 24,000-sq.-ft. fast track tenant improvement took place in a fully operating occupied facility and was carried out by DPR's Special Services Group. Working in tandem with the owner and architect, DPR completed the job on time and on budget.