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Integrative Bioscience Center, Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Integrative Bioscience Center
Reimagining research.
Responding to systemic urban health risks around the world.
Designed for surprise.
The critical health risks facing Detroit’s inner-city communities are shared by major urban centers around the world—and the expertise, capabilities and commitment that will solve them must also be drawn from an international community.

With the construction of IBio, Wayne State University’s new, state-of-the-art biomedical research center, the university not only made a powerful statement about its ongoing commitment to the city of Detroit; it issued an invitation—and a challenge—to the world’s leading biomedical researchers.

Solidifying Wayne State’s standing as a public urban research university, IBio brings together over 40 discrete teams of researchers and clinicians spanning environmental sciences, medicine, engineering and biobehavioral health.

Designed for surprise, IBio was crafted not only to accommodate individual research, but also to foster interconnection. Support spontaneity. And invite the kind of serendipitous juxtapositions of work, research and thinking that change lives and impact entire communities through unprecedented breakthroughs.

In reimagining the ways researchers can enrich—and advance—each other’s work through collaborative problem-solving, IBio is powerfully reshaping the ways we understand, study and treat systemic urban health risks worldwide.
To meet critical state funding deadlines, HED completed early design on an accelerated five-week timeline.
The completed building is 3,000 square feet smaller than the program, yielding a first-cost savings of $1.1 million plus significant reductions in life cycle costs.
LEED-Gold certified, IBio achieves every IEQ credit in LEED, with energy consumption measured at 60% below the Labs21 baseline.
The development creates a gateway between the Wayne State University campus and Detroit’s North End neighborhood, strengthening the connection between campus and community and acting as a catalyst to stimulate area economic recovery.
IBio significantly increases Wayne State’s ability to attract and retain leading researchers—a key project goal.
IBio is a shining example of how strategic, state-of-the-art design can encourage collaboration and increase employee engagement and comfort in a functional yet breath-taking environment.”
Stephen Lanier
Vice President of Research
Wayne State University
Responding to systemic urban health risks around the world.
Integrative Bioscience Center, Wayne State University
Detroit, MI



Reimagining research.