U. T. Houston Health Sciences Center’s IMM Lab
Location: Houston, Texas
Cost: $8 million
Completed: 2003
Owner: University of Texas
Health Science Center
Tim Lewis
(now at Baylor College of Medicine)
(713) 798-0122
Manager: Pin Oak Interests
John Putnam
(713) 664-1255
Architect: Philo Wilke
Vic Gelsomino
(832) 554-1130
Description: The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center Institute for Molecular Medicine (IMM) for the prevention of human diseases expanded their research space to the 9th floor of the Denton A. Cooley building. This 31,000 SF high-tech laboratory facility provided space for the school’s basic sciences research growth needs.

The Laboratory spaces were designed to be extremely flexible, which posed an interesting opportunity for providing fixed utilities to the space. Overhead raceways were installed to accommodate the electrical power and lab gasses. Mobil laboratory grade casework was utilized so the lab could be reconfigured to accommodate specific equipment and research grants. The demountable partitions separating the lab spaces could also be moved to increase or decrease the size of the lab.

Another important project goal was the incorporation of green building concepts. The paint did not contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). White baked enamel plumbing fixtures were used in lieu of chrome fixtures. Linoleum was used in lieu of Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT). Occupancy sensors, in order to monitor and reduce energy consumption, control the lights. The ceiling tile is non-toxic and does not contain man made mineral. No products containing plastics were used.
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