UH Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building
Opened in 2016, the new Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building supports the University of Houston’s mission to provide Tier One research facilities and help attract top researchers from around the world. The building provides research labs within both the Division of Research and the College of Engineering.
Key spaces to be located in the building include:
- Division of Research Multi-dimensional Imaging Facility
- Division of Research Proteomics & Genomics Lab Facility
- Division of Research Computational Training Facility and Server Center
- Division of Research Visualization Lab
- Engineering Research Labs
The 4-story building was designed to accommodate state of the art research equipment with strict vibration requirements. Due to ever-changing research needs, Walter P Moore worked alongside a vibration consultant to ensure the building has the appropriate vibration control to meet UH’s needs, both now and in the future. All lab areas meet Vibration Category A (2000 mips) while specialized areas meet one of the strictest levels, Vibration Category D (250 mips).
The architect desired the building’s concrete structure to be exposed in lab areas. Walter P Moore coordinated closely with the architect to align the concrete joists with partition walls between labs to create a clean look. The team was able to do this while still using standard joist construction pan spacing which kept the structure cost-efficient.