Texas Children's

Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

Houston, Texas

Project Info
Texas Children's
Houston, Texas
Completion Date: 2010
Square Footage: 400,000
LEED Gold Certified

ALN Magazine
Turnkey Facility of the Year, 2012

Associated General Contractors of America
Apex Award, 2012

Building Design+Construction
Building Team Silver Award, 2011

Engineering News Record
Best Research Project in Texas and Louisiana, 2011

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Best Specialty Construction, 2011

The new Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s is a research-based center of excellence in pediatric neurosciences. The vision of Texas Children’s is to create a facility that houses inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research. It is a ground-breaking effort that combines clinical, educational and research programs focused on children with mental or neurological disorders.


Situated in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC), the 13-story, 400,000 square foot (37,160 square meter) facility houses 19 principal multi-disciplinary investigators and teams of 130 scientists. The Tower consists of five levels dedicated to research, two levels of vivarium, and the remaining levels house researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Research and Baylor College of Medicine.

The “collaboratories,” as the laboratories are dubbed, are flooded with natural light while research in the labs occurs in an open, flexible environment. Each lab is adjacent to support spaces, designed by each investigator specifically for his/her unique research requirements. A central equipment corridor forms the spine between the labs, and consolidates and isolates noise and heat generating equipment from the lab spaces.

The building features a twisting tower with leaning columns that string together to visually form the double helix of a DNA strand, signifying the unification of science and research. This twisting tower hosts collaboration spaces with panoramic views of the city.

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