MASONIC MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
VIP’s team of architects, builders and engineers are working with the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) to modernize and expand their 3 story 60 year old masonry building in accommodating new advanced modern research laboratories for interdisciplinary and translational state-of-the-art medical research. The original project was a minor interior renovation which soon transformed into a multi-phase rehabilitation – supporting the vision of the Director of Research in recruiting highly talented medical research scientists to the region.
Principally focused on Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sudden Death syndrome, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the MMRI primarily studies rare cardiovascular diseases including disciplines from hypertrophy, heart failure and congenital heart disease. This project not only improves MMRI’s existing cardiovascular research program, however, enables diversification into additional research fields including diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.
Phase I involved a major renovation which added new laboratory workspaces and a vivarium to support MMRI’s existing cardiovascular research program. VIP’s architects and structural engineers designed a large exterior opening to crane in the large research equipment and reinforced the floors with steel beams to support the weight. Phase II created additional lab space as MMRI continues attracting renowned medical research scientists.
The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments. The MMRI is committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.
VIP Architectural Associates, PLLC
Phase 1 – 7,925 SF / Phase 2 – 4,077 SF