One of the most important causes that I support is the search for cures and therapies in the field of rare disease, and it’s part of the reason why I continue to be involved with the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Central Institute for the Deaf, and the Scientific Advisory Council for the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

When Clayco was chosen to help design a new 6-story, 215,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research lab facility for Washington University School of Medicine, we brought all of our planning and building expertise to the project and ultimately maximized its budget and scope, including adding an additional floor, an additional bay, lab convertibility, and floor-to-floor heights that contained the coordinated MEP systems without excess or costly plenum space.

Today, the building consolidates WUSM’s key research departments including genetics, genome sciences, and systems biology, cellular imaging, internal medicine, developmental biology, and radiology. It was one of Clayco’s integrated approaches that I think delivered some great results, and it’s definitely a project that was important for me to get right with all of the crucial work the university is doing to improve health outcomes for so many.