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Indiana Biosciences Research Institute

Indianapolis, Indiana


Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) is applying bioscience to solve big problems, spark innovation through collaboration and achieve it’s Mission, Discovery with Purpose. BSA designed and engineered IBRI’s new headquarters and research laboratories, a tenant in the first building of the emerging 16 Tech urban innovation district just northwest of downtown Indianapolis.

Every BSA design project begins with an inclusive visioning session with the client stakeholders. BSA architects, designers, and engineers met with key IBRI personnel and subject matter experts to identify critical success factors, pain points goals and visions for the space.

A main theme woven throughout the IBRI project was the need to create a collaborative environment with flexibility within all laboratory spaces to accommodate the organization’s ever-changing, ever-advancing life sciences applied research. Flexibility within the meeting and conference room spaces was also an instrumental client goal. BSA’s design had to provide integration and connectivity between the lab, office, and shared spaces for the equipment and workflow that had to happen between these spaces. All these criteria were required to promote collaboration and informal interaction between occupants. Also instrumental to the client was the creation of visual connectivity and transparency between the outdoors and the inside of the building. IBRI’s goal and desire was to create a hub of innovation that welcomed partners, collaborators, tenants and the community.

BSA’s overall design of the building’s lab spaces affords its client enormous flexibility to be able to change layouts and operations as cutting-edge applied research trends and methodologies dictate without requiring major space renovations. Successful attainment of the project’s design goals empowers the client to follow the science of the future and make changes on the fly as needed.

The modern design and state-of-the-art technology, paired with its prime location within 16 Tech, positions IBRI to attract top talent, enable collaboration, grow its organization and immerse itself in the vibrant life sciences innovation ecosystem that is focusing on improving human health for all.

“Building One will be home to researchers, entrepreneurs and advanced industry leaders in tech, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, ag-bioscience and talent development. These tenants represent the ideal cross-section of industry expertise and entrepreneurial energy that will drive innovation in Indiana’s economy.”

– Bob Coy, president and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation


Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design

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