UT-Baptist Research Park

Master Plan

As one of the first design-to-construction green research parks in the country, the UT-Baptist Research Park promises to be a significant catalyst for bioscience growth in the region.

The research park offers the unique advantages of a world-class facility in the middle of the Memphis Medical Center, with proximity to numerous biotech businesses, strong university and non-profit research capabilities, an urban campus, a regional hospital cluster including a major trauma center, and a highly trained technical workforce.

The Master Plan calls for the addition of four research buildings (each approximately 230,000 gross square feet in size) to existing facilities. A full ground floor (estimated at 100,000 square feet) will be devoted to vivarium and specialty research equipment use.

Begun in February 2007, the ten-year, six-phase master plan encompasses a research, incubator and commercial center dedicated to creating an environment where the biosciences come to life and to market. Features include:

  • State-of-the-art lab and office buildings with energy efficient design
  • A Regional Biocontainment Lab with a suite of Biosafety Level 2 and 3 laboratory models
  • Accessible Vivarium space and centralized management of live-animal studies
  • Cadaveric training facilities
  • A secure campus environment
  • A new University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy building
  • Facilities for training, meetings, and security
  • Build-to-suit laboratory and office space
  • Hotel facilities adjacent to the Research Park
  • Access to core labs including histology and GMP
  • Access to national IT research platforms
  • Attractive outdoor spaces and public amenities

The park’s sponsoring organization, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, is focused on increasing research in orthopedic devices, infectious disease, pediatric and adult cancer, growing biologistic capacity, and innovative agricultural solutions. The Foundation is also working to support innovation in other emerging bioscience fields.

Connectivity + Collaboration

The campus is designed as a single connected complex with the intent of supporting collaboration, sharing amenities and accommodating tenants of varying size. The connective spine along the east side connects all buildings and features shared resources such as elevators, stairs, rest rooms, meeting rooms, and break out spaces to encourage interaction.

Sustainable Building Orientation + Design

Four LEED Gold-Certified buildings will stand across the site with their long sides facing north and south, providing optimal sun control, views, and day-lighting.

Energy-efficient systems and design strategies will reduce energy costs to tenants. Energy generation from solar and geothermal sources will reduce operating costs and environmental impact. Storm water management strategies will minimize and filter runoff, and reduce potable water use on the campus. LEED Certification of all buildings will establish the Research Park as a regional leader.

Flexible + Efficient

Tenants have the option of full-floor or partial-floor configurations, with versatile lab modules in a design strategy that creates an “open lab loft space.” These highly flexible labs can be easily changed to support a wide variety of research needs. Mobile casework, with a generic lab design concept can be customized and modified, encouraging productivity and collaboration.

Buildings are “zoned” for wet lab space (requiring once-through air) and non-wet lab space (offices, dry labs, meeting rooms) to create a more cost-effective mechanical system. Our “wet column” concept is a particularly effective design feature – all the pipe and wire drops are located adjacent to each structural column. The researcher can connect or disconnect within the laboratory space, minimizing obstructions and allowing the flexibility to move casework and equipment into different configurations. While the wet column concept reduces long-term operational costs, placing hoods and biosafety cabinets at the end of alcoves also supports better lab safety.

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