A New Star on Broadway
The Broadway Research Building,
designed by Payette Associates, is home to SOM
administrators, offices and biomedical research
Photo by HPS/JAY
By Greg Rienzi
After three years of construction, the Broadway
Research Building is now open for business. Dubbed a
"gateway" to the university's East Baltimore campus, the
building provides new state-of-the-art laboratories and
replaces administrative office space for both the School of
Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The 372,000-square-foot, 10-story facility sits on the
southeast corner of Broadway and Madison Street. It
features six floors of biomedical research laboratories, a
connecting pavilion from its third floor to the adjacent
Ross Research Building, office suites and seminar rooms to
support SOM and Continuing Medical Education programs.
To date, the tenants to have moved in include the
School of Medicine's six vice deans, Office of Admissions,
Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Affairs and
Financial Aid, Office of Research Administration, Clinical
Practice Association and Receiving Department. The building
is also the new home of the McKusick-Nathans Institute for
Genetic Medicine, the Institute of Cell Engineering, other
School of Medicine laboratories and office space, and a
The remaining tenants will move in at the end of
The two-faced exterior of the building is precast
concrete on the north side and glass curtain wall on the
south. It was designed by the Boston-based Payette
Michael Dausch, director of design and development at
the School of Medicine's Office of Facilities Management,
says the building is unlike any other on the campus.
On the south side, walls of glass
offer striking views of the exterior, above,
and in the interior, below. The north side, right, is
Photo by Photo by HPS/JAY
"For one, the overall look of the labs is different.
The labs are not assigned by departments but rather
organized by institute," he says. "They are open, spacious
labs that feature shared equipment areas to foster synergy
among people working in this building."
Dausch said the facility's striking design and
appearance was intended to "provide a front door to the
campus, right on Broadway."
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