Wayne State University - Detroit's public, urban research university - is home to the new Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $90 million facility dedicated to studying and eliminating the many health disparities that plague the city's residents. IBio will be home to faculty with expertise in environmental sciences, bio and systems engineering, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and biobehavioral health.
The building, strategically positioned near TechTown, Wayne State's business incubator, will move discoveries and technologies from the laboratory to the community, and will eventually house over 400 individuals within 200,000 square feet of lab and clinical space designed to foster a collaborative and flexible team science approach to research.
The center, which is representative of WSU’s broad engagement in economic development in Detroit, is expected to create both temporary and permanent jobs housing more than 400 individuals. Estimates show it will result in approximately $40 million in new earnings annually in Michigan — 98 percent of which will be in metropolitan Detroit.
Designed by the architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, IBio includes 127,000 square feet of renovated and repurposed space from the former Dalgleish Cadillac dealership building, which was designed by famed architect Albert Khan. An additional 78,000 gross square feet of new companion building fronting Woodward Avenue was constructed for the project.
The state of Michigan provided $30 million in capital outlay funding for the project.
IBio was designed in accordance with the United States Green Building Council’s 2009 LEED Standards for New Construction and Major Renovations and received a LEED Silver rating.