The University of Florida’s Clinical Translational Research Building (CTRB) is a five-story, 120,000-square-foot facility that provides a headquarters for clinical and translational research for both the campus and the state. The building houses the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the National Institute of Health (NIH) Institute on Aging, as well as several university departments studying biostatistics, epidemiology, and health outcomes and policy.

The facility was designed by Perkins+Will to encourage collaborative study by placing complementary institutes and departments under one roof and incorporating three main components: healthcare, education, and research. The building offers many spaces for planned and unplanned interactions between researchers, students, and patients, including a variety of indoor and outdoor healing environments and other common areas.

The building incorporates low-emission materials that help to improve indoor air quality and photovoltaic cells and light sensors that increase efficient energy production. Along with providing energy-saving natural daylight, solar radiation is also used to heat the building’s hot water. Rainwater is collected to irrigate the landscaping while displacement ventilation systems help keep the building cool, limiting the need for air conditioning.

Due to these elements and others, the building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum and Living Building status.