Drug Discovery and Bioengineering
Building at the Medical University
of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

Project Size:
240,000 sq ft


LEED® Gold certified

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Drug Discovery and Bioengineering Buildings are a 240,000 sq ft complex of research and teaching facilities for multiple departments. Linked at two levels, the six-story Drug Discovery building and the four-story Bioengineering building function as a unified facility for research in pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, tissue regeneration, bioengineering and cancer genomics research, and computational biomolecular modeling and simulation.

Specialized spaces include an animal imaging center (CT, PET, MRI, optical imaging), a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) suite for three 800 MHz magnets, wet and dry labs, a 300-seat auditorium, and a pharmacy teaching laboratory. Also included are a 150-seat lecture hall, a 75-seat classroom, and other conference spaces. The new buildings house 36 principal investigators in flexible research labs and lab support areas, a microfabrication shop, and office suites for the South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance and the MUSC College of Graduate Studies.

Specific features of the facility include 5 water-cooled chillers and 70 fume hoods, 86 biosafety cabinets, 10 rodent surgery stations, one necropsy station, 10 autoclaves, a bulk sterilizer, a cage wash, 10 cold rooms, a warm room, 6 dark rooms, a radioisotope hood, a polypropylene hood, 5 microscope suites, 22 overhead service carriers, a vivarium with 12 rodent holding rooms, and an aquatic holding room. The labs feature central lab air, vacuum, RO water, 11 Strobic Air lab exhaust fans with energy recovery, a central acid waste system, and 102 point-of-use acid waste systems. The building has cryogenic piping service to a liquid nitrogen bulk tank, gas nitrogen piping, 3 integrated double interlock pre-action sprinkler systems, 2 underground fuel storage tanks, an underground fire water storage tank, and a well.