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Georgia Regents University (GRU), Cancer Research Center

Location Augusta, Georgia
Project Scope
167,000 SF
Georgia Regents University

The 167,000 square foot Cancer Research Center at Georgia Regents University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) is designed to meet the National Institutes of Health “Center for Cancer Research Excellence” requirements. The building houses 35 research faculty and 175 associated personnel in flexible open labs that foster interaction. A 25,000 square foot vivarium and BSL-3 laboratories provide support to programs focused on Cancer Immunology/Immunotherapy; Developmental Therapeutics; Molecular Oncology and Cancer Prevention and Control. The facility provides meeting space for seminars and lectures, such as “Research in Progress,” which draws an audience from across the campus and community-wide forums on cancer-related topics. The research center is located adjacent to a new outpatient cancer clinic which creates an ideal environment for translational programs aimed at improving treatment outcomes.

The building is designed to maximize natural lighting and reduce heat gain. An extensive sedum green roof lessens the impact of runoff on the city’s water system. Storm water was captured and used by the buildings cooling towers. The building employs a carefully zoned system for air distribution. Supply air “cascades” from office space to laboratories and finally to heat loaded equipment locations to be exhausted. This careful management of air flow results in significant efficiencies that reduce operating costs. Use of enthalpy wheels for energy recovery of general purpose laboratory air reduced cooling tons by 960 tons.


“I am sending this note to express my great satisfaction with the design of the new Cancer Research Center (CRC) building…Every basic and translational researcher is overwhelmed by the building—the CRC impresses all visitors, including outside physicians, administrators, alumni, and potential donors, both with its interior design and its exterior facade.”
– Mark Kochevar, Associate Center Director of Research Administration and Governmental Affairs