Movin’ On Up

Check it out, I found some pictures of and a press release on the swanky new building that Boy Wonder will be moving into for his new job.

For more photos, architectural renderings, etc., click here.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6, 2005 – The first of some 50 research groups set to occupy the spacious laboratories inside the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Science Tower 3 (BST3) started moving into the $205.5 million state-of-the-art research facility in recent weeks, but today marks the formal opening of what University officials describe as “a new research building for a new science.”

The 10-story structure, designed by the award-winning architectural firm Payette Associates, Inc., of Boston, was built by Pitt to stand as a national model for how modern laboratory space should promote interaction among scientists, foster more fruitful collaborations and be able to adapt to ever-changing research demands and priorities.

The building, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Darragh Street in Oakland, embodies the University’s vision that scientific discovery today and in the future requires this more innovative work environment. Biomedical science has become increasingly more complicated, and the University recognizes that the speed with which complexities of the human genome and protein structures are being revealed demands closer collaboration among researchers working in different disciplines and more highly specialized fields.

And here’s a little blurb about where BW will be working:

Department of Structural Biology

Biological function is generated by biological structure, so structure is key to understanding both normal and abnormal cellular processes. For example, knowing the structure of proteins or other macromolecules and how their structures change when activated or interacting with other structures is critical for successful drug discovery. Therapeutic compounds must fit into the configuration of the target site on the protein if they are to work effectively. Structural biologists use powerful and highly sophisticated technology such as X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the molecular structure of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and membranes and to establish the dynamic changes within their three-dimensional structures.

The Department of Structural Biology, a newly established department within the School of Medicine, will occupy three floors and 32,000 square feet of the BST3. It is chaired by Angela M. Gronenborn, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading structural biologists and a consultant on the design of the building. Her laboratory combines NMR spectroscopy with biophysics, biochemistry and chemistry to investigate cellular processes at the molecular and atomic levels. One particular area of focus is how the three-dimensional architecture of HIV affects its activity and function.

But none of this answers the question I was trying to find the answer to:
Does it have a cafe???

One Response to “Movin’ On Up”

  1. kta Says:

    That’s pretty cool looking! I would imagine they have a cafe, a nice place like that! :-)

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