MUSC – James E. Clyburn Research Center

Charged with developing a top-tier collaborative research environment, Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with Boston-based architecture firm Goody Clancy, worked with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to design the James E. Clyburn Research Center. The facility is a 200,000 square foot interdisciplinary research complex located in the heart of MUSC’s downtown urban campus.

This new collaborative environment, reflects the University’s latest approach to biomedical investigation by bringing together professionals from different backgrounds, disciplines and institutions to work together to solve some of the world’s most challenging health problems. Featuring a number of flexible learning spaces, open expanses, conference rooms, and interconnected labs for research the new Center brings together the best minds in medicine with the goal of achieving breakthroughs in patient care.

Bioengineering Building: Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Bioengineering Building features a number of classrooms, wet and dry labs for cancer genomics research, medicinal garden and various bioengineering lab spaces. Sustainable design features include: direct/indirect light fixtures within research spaces, high efficiency mechanical systems, solar sun screens, reflective roof and recyclable finishes.

Drug Discovery Building: The Drug Discovery Building is an inter-disciplinary, multi-departmental research facility that was designed to enhance public and private sector resources focused on the drug discovery process. The new facility is home to the Comparative Medicine, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences and Hollings Cancer Center. Specialized spaces within the building include an animal imaging center (CT, Pet, Optical Imaging), NMN capabilities, a 280-seat auditorium, multiple seminar spaces and teaching labs.

Design Award:
2012 Merit Award – AIA Columbia Chapter

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Medical University of South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina

Project Size

Bioengineering Building – 98,000 Gross Square Feet; Drug Discovery Building – 108,000 Gross Square Feet


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