Johns Hopkins University Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute
This project delivered a state-of-the-art building to Johns Hopkins that houses its expanded research, clinical and residency programs in ophthalmology. The 202,000-square-foot facility, on a tight urban site, contains five floors of flexible research labs. A five-story atrium promotes interaction between researchers with a large gathering area for lectures and events, and brings natural light into the labs and offices. Bridges across the atrium connect labs with office suites, and glass walls in the labs provide a visual connection to the offices. Interactive spaces enhance communications among researchers for a productive environment.
The lab areas on each floor were designed as open labs to promote collaboration among researchers and to provide Johns Hopkins with long-term flexibility as programs changed over time. The labs on each floor have access to both natural light and large support cores immediately adjoining the labs.
The building was developed to be fitted up floor-by-floor as researchers and projects were identified. Over the course of several years, Page/SST Planners provided complete lab programming, planning and design services including individual floor fit-ups to achieve the goal of a fully occupied research building. Ayers/Saint/Gross was the design architect in association with Wilmot/Sanz.