Medical Science Research Building II (MSRB II) is a five-story laboratory that supports Duke University’s medical mission of teaching, research and patient care, and answers the growing need for more research and support space on campus. Located at the northwest corner of the Medical Centre campus, the 15,900 m² research facility includes a café, office and meeting space on the first floor and three floors of open research laboratories with one floor specifically designed for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. The construction schedule for the new building was phased to accommodate an early move-in for the below-grade vivarium, followed by customized laboratory spaces for the researchers.
Given MSRB II’s flexible second floor lab design, the facility was used as swing space for other programs on the Medical Centre campus and doubled as a temporary space for other researchers and their teams.
Sustainably designed, MSRB II was the first laboratory building on Duke’s Medical Centre campus to achieve LEED Silver certification. The building increases its efficiency though the use of a glycol loop and heat wheel, high efficiency motors, sun shades, light shelves, light sensors, low VOC materials, CO2 sensors and low irrigation plantings with a water efficient irrigation system. In all, MSRB II will use 26 percent less energy than a similar lab building—enough to power 70 average sized homes for a year.