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New home of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

On April 1, 2011, researchers, biomedical engineers, and clinicians from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation moved into new state-of-the-art collaborative research space at Children’s National Medical Center.

The 22,000-square-foot institute is located on the top floor of the Children’s National main building, on the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine, in close proximity to the hospital’s clinical facilities.

An “Institute without Walls,” the floor plan breaks down traditional research silos by creating open concept, modular areas that can adapt to changing priorities and allow research teams to easily connect with their neighbors.

Key features include:
  • easy pass-throughs from traditional wet labs to bioengineering spaces, research offices, and meeting rooms,
  • walls of glass instead of plaster,
  • curved whiteboard Innovation Walls at key gathering places to foster the sharing of ideas.
The new research area incorporates the ideas and needs of the Institute’s faculty and is designed based on a synthesis of national and international best practices in team science and advanced technology laboratory models.

Sustainable and energy efficient design principles were applied throughout the space, which has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council currently pending.

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