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Our home, the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Building, is a five-story facility located at 307 Westlake Avenue North in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Designed with input from our scientists, this state-of-the-art research facility has more than 100,000 square feet of laboratory, office and retail space.
We hold an ownership stake in our purpose-built facility, demonstrating that we are investing in our future and ourselves. Our scientists and their labs fill about three quarters of the building, with VLST Corp. occupying the remaining space. The first floor includes a designated learning laboratory and science gallery, allowing our highly regarded BioQuest science education program to deliver interactive and energetic science programming to hundreds of Washington students and teachers every year. It is the only program of its kind in the U.S. housed within the footprint of an infectious disease research facility.
The Hub of Global Health
As the pioneer research institute in a neighborhood that has become a global health hub for Seattle and for the world, Seattle BioMed is proud to now have a number of partner organizations located within blocks of our facility. Neighboring organizations include PATH, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington’s biotechnology and medical research hub, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute for Systems Biology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — all collaborating organizations in research, technology and health.
Designed as an energy and water-efficient facility, the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Building received a Silver LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," is the council's rating system used to create a national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Building is the first lab building to be certified under the LEED Core & Shell Pilot Program.
Our building commands attention with art installations at the Westlake Avenue entrance, along the windows on Thomas Street, and in the building lobby. Well-regarded local artist Linda Beaumont (known for her sculpture "The Tempest" that hangs in the rotunda at Safeco Field) designed much of our atwork using architectural glass pieces combined with images of science and the organisms Seattle BioMed scientists study.
Hand-painted diachroic glass slumped formed into lenses and concrete base
Photo courtesy Marc Weinberg