Integrative Physiology Laboratory & Clinical Space

Integrative Physiology Laboratory & Clinical Space

Boulder, CO

The University of Colorado commissioned RATIO to design the Department of Integrative Physiology’s new laboratory and clinical space as a showcase expansion to the existing Ramaley Biology building, located in the heart of the University’s historic main campus.

RATIO as Design Architect in association with HCM
University of Colorado Boulder
30,983 SF

Planned to serve the largest and fastest-growing academic department at CU, the four-story addition includes space for wet lab research, office/conference, and clinical services for use with patient studies. The facility supports a fascinating understanding of how cellular and molecular observations are linked to the health and function of whole organisms.

Designed to seek LEED Gold certification, the blend of modern and contextual design is consistent with the revered main campus aesthetic. Working closely with CU’s Design Review Board and future users through RATIO’s LiveDesignSM method, it became apparent that the building needed to both respond to the context of the existing Ramaley building and establish a new and distinctive identity for the Department of Integrative Physiology. By utilizing natural materials and providing access to views and daylight, the interior design provides a sense of health for faculty, students, and clinical volunteers.