University of Iowa Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

Iowa City, Iowa

214,000 GSF

The mission of this Institute is to understand the fundamentals of biology and disease and to extend the discoveries into real-life applications that improve human health. The hub of the Institute is in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. Research in the Institute spans a range of subjects determined by scientists who have a passion for discovery and are supported by donors who share that passion.

This facility, next to the Carver Biomedical Research Building on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus, houses laboratories and office space dedicated to cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the biomedical and life sciences, involving scientists from across the entire campus. The focus of this 9-story, 218,000-square-foot structure is interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of neuroscience, aging, and regenerative medicine. The facility includes chemistry laboratories, wet research laboratories, office space, vivarium, and central core facilities making the building a destination point for research-related imaging created through the Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging.


  • Certified LEED Gold.
  • Designed air quality monitoring systems to reduce ventilation rates in lab and animal holding rooms.
  • Designed engineering systems to reclaim rainwater for routine irrigation of rooftop gardens.
  • Use of freezer farms in labs to concentrate high heat-producing equipment in select locations.
  • Telecommunications system designed for universal network connectivity (one network connection for classrooms) with over 1,200 telecommunications drops.
  • Network-based integrated electronic access control and video surveillance system with connectivity to campus public safety control center.
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