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Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building Earns
AIA Houston Honor Award

HOUSTON—(March 23, 2007)—The Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a coveted Honor Award in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston’s 2007 Design Awards competition.

BNIM Architects of Kansas City, Mo., designed the $120-million, 223,000-square-foot facility in conjunction with lab architect and mechanical engineering consultant Burt Hill.

The Sarofim Research Building, at 1825 Pressler Street, is the new home of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM). It is designed as a four-story “vertical campus” that supports collaborative research into the causes of human diseases at the cellular and molecular levels using DNA and protein technologies to reveal disease mechanisms.

“The open character of the building and well-designed research areas are an inspirational and efficient environment for creative science,” said C. Thomas Caskey, M.D., the IMM’s chief operating officer and director- and CEO-elect.

Last year, the Sarofim Research Building garnered Merit Awards from the AIA Kansas City chapter and AIA Central States Region chapter.

“Our design approach to the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building considers form and function holistically, promoting the well being of the users as well as their productivity,” said Kimberly Hickson, AIA, and principal of BNIM Architects. “We are honored to be recognized by the AIA Houston. This award not only recognizes our work, but that of the many researchers whose design input will allow this unique building to be a catalyst for medical advancement.”

At $25 million, building namesake Fayez S. Sarofim, founder and owner of the investment firm Fayez Sarofim & Co., contributed the largest gift made to the New Frontiers Campaign, which raised funds to both build and equip the IMM’s new home and to recruit some of the world’s finest scientists.

The 2007 Design Awards celebration is April 5, 6–9 p.m. at the Majestic Metro Theater.