to a Science

The design of Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) seeks to help Seattle Children's recruit and retain top talent, assume a greater role in national pediatric research and maximize space efficiency.

Located in a 11-story facility in the Lake Union neighborhood, the SCRI headquarters includes three floors of re-configured lab space; the build-out of one floor of research support areas; three floors of additional lab spaces with office and conference areas; and the redesign of the first floor lobby.

Every aspect of the design focuses on science: benches are unusually wide, measuring six-feet across to allow for adequate workspace; a spine system in the benches conceals gases, eliminating an umbilical and creating an open feeling; sinks are relocated off the benches to a double loaded corridor, putting along a central utility wall and allowing for flexible lab space; and large conference rooms with sliding partition walls can be closed-off for teleconference calls or opened completely. Technician and graduate student dry lab space and lounges are located at the ends of the building.

Additional design solutions include the use of bold colors to identify the different research floors, the integration of natural light and translucent glass to invigorate creative juices and enhance employee morale and the convergence of dry and wet lab spaces to encourage translational synergies. Each lab floor features informal gathering spaces for staff with food preparation and seating. Conference rooms with sliding partition walls can be closed-off for teleconference calls or opened for events.

Since the building's opening, the SCRI has become one of the nation's top pediatric research centers with approximately $70 million in funding each year.

Science on Wheels
Science on Wheels
Science on Wheels
Science on Wheels
“ We wanted to maximize our program and make it dense, but still cohesive. The challenge was with that much density, we wanted the space to be more attractive by using lots of light and color. ”

Victoria Cleator Senior Director of Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Awards and Publications


Interior Design, Best of Year Award
IIDA NP InAwards, Honorable Mention
IES Illumination Awards, Award of Merit


Contract Magazine, “A Different Ball Game,” September 2009
Puget Sound Business Journal, "Seattle Children's Research Institute spends $160M for campus,” February 2008