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The University Magazine

Institute Hall will be hub for research, engineering and biosciences

Institute Hall

Institute Hall is slated to open next summer. (Conceptual design by Bergmann Associates and Francis Cauffman)

RIT is investing about $26 million in a new structure called Institute Hall, now under construction. The 78,000-square-foot building will house:

  • New programs in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering;
  • Expanded research labs;
  • Labs related to the RIT-Rochester General Health System Alliance.

The building is the final element off a quadrangle located on the northwest side of the campus. The building will be connected to the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology, creating a quadrangle with the IT Collaboratory, the expanded James Gleason Hall and the Sands Family Studios, part of the School for American Crafts facility.

Institute Hall will feature an atrium with expanses of glass that will maximize natural lighting. Construction will also include renewable building materials.

“We hope to artistically translate RIT’s research and learning philosophy in this building design, which will be a powerful recruitment tool as well as a testament to the excellence in education for which RIT is well known,” says Richard Napoli, a senior architect with Bergmann Associates.

“We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of trends in academic science buildings,” says Jim Crispino, president of Francis Cauffman, an architectural firm based in New York City. “We are excited to design a top research facility that moves RIT into a position of academic leadership and celebrates an architectural legacy that includes buildings by some of the world’s best architects.”

Bob Finnerty ’07