Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Florida Hospital / Burnham Institute in Orlando, Florida by Flad Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Revit)
November 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Flad Architects
Studies by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show a dramatic increase in obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease across the United States. These have become a national crisis that requires ongoing and immediate attention.
The Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI) facility will focus on the study of diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease – bridging the gap between the research lab and the patient’s bedside and allowing for scientific discoveries and treatments to be developed more quickly and on a more personalized level.
The facility will house laboratory and clinical trial space for testing the safety and efficacy of potential treatments developed on site in collaboration with the Burnham Institute.
A feature of the facility are the four calorimeters (also called ‘whole body’ respirometers) – highly sensitive systems to measure a person’s energy expenditure and the type of food a person is burning. Two of the calorimeters will be the first ever designed for precisely measuring energy expenditure at rest or during exercise. The other two are large units (about the size of a college dorm room) and are intended for maximum comfort during studies that can last several days.
This project represents the largest and most capable calorimeter lab to be created in nearly 30 years and will benefit MEI Research whose work is performed under funding by the National Institutes of Health.
The building has an atmosphere of hospitality for volunteer overnight stays, but also provides behind the scenes hospital-like support for nursing staff and food preparation. Because food is administered in prescribed types and quantities, a research food preparation kitchen is provided on site for preparing, packaging, and administering food for each volunteer.
The Translational Research Instittue for Metabolism & Diabetes will be a landmark building for Florida Hospital and the signature building in their new Health and Research Village in Orlando. Designed with sustainability goals, the project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
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