Washington University School of Medicine - McDonnell Genome Institute-Genome Technology Access Center

KWK provided designs for the renovation of the McDonnell Genome Institute – Genome Technology Access Center (GTAC@MGI) at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), aiming to improve the human condition by producing, studying, and interpreting high-quality, genome-based data that drives biological discoveries. For example, MGI has been involved in research on COVID-19 testing, developing a new saliva-based test that results in less than one day.

The new GTAC@MGI space is located on the 4th Floor of the 4444 Forest Parkway Building. KWK’s team worked within the university’s design and planning standards to implement the efficient use of space within an existing building envelope, providing the university with tremendous value by avoiding new out-of-ground construction costs.   

KWK designed the 22,500 square feet of renovated space to include a genome sequencing lab, BSL-2 laboratories, administrative offices, kitchenette/break room, conference, and huddle rooms. Interior finishes include aluminum door and borrowed lite frames, walnut veneered wood doors, carpet tile, and vinyl composition tile with Diamond 10 coating to reduce maintenance lifecycle costs.

KWK conducted multiple interactive design workshop meetings with the university’s lab groups to work out the placement and fit of over 900 pieces of scientific instruments and equipment within the space. 


St. Louis, Missouri



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KWK Role

Architectural Design, Project Management, Construction Administration

KWK helped us kick off our campus planning efforts in 2015, and we worked closely with them as we have continued to build from that initial plan concept in support of the research and clinical care missions.

- Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins / Assistant Vice-Chancellor, and Assistant Dean of Operations and Facilities School of Medicine

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