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ChEM-H and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute


Project Description

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and ChEM-H (Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health) are emerging interdisciplinary research institutes designed to bring faculty from many disciplines together to create novel interactions. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute will catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations at the boundaries of neuroscience and a broad array of disciplines, including engineering and the quantitative sciences, chemical and molecular biology, and the social sciences and professional schools. Dialogue with clinicians, lawyers, educators, and ethicists will also be a central part of the Neurosciences Institute’s mission. ChEM-H will bring together chemists, biologists, engineers and clinicians to advance our understanding of life at a chemical level and to apply this knowledge to improving human health.

The new interdisciplinary research complex is designed to serve as both a magnet for campus research and life, and a gateway from the School of Medicine and Serra Mall to the future quadrangle west of the SEQ. The programs for the two intersecting buildings are organized around the central oval courtyard which has three access portals: a primary entry on axis with the School of Medicine’s Foundation Way and diagonally across from the Clark Center, home of Bio-X, a diagonal access to Via Ortega and the Shriram Center, and a third portal that leads to the entry of the future quad. Each building has its own defined entrance and lobby and will house the administrative offices for each institute.


Project Data

Department/School:  Dean of Research
Architect:  Ennead Architects
Contractor:  Whiting-Turner
Gross Square Feet:  235,000
Construction Schedule:  Fall 2016 - Summer 2019 (Lab moves: Fall 2019)
Construction Hours:  6am - 4pm



Safety Reminders

  • No unauthorized persons may enter the construction site without the authorization of Whiting-Turner Construction.
  • Any Stanford visitor to the site needs to be accompanied by staff from the Department of Project Management.
  • Hard hats, closed toe shoes, long pants and shirts with sleeves are required on the jobsite at all times.


Project Updates

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