Carver Biomedical Research Building

Carver Biomedical Research Building

Carver Biomedical Research Building

What You'll Find Here

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
  • General research facilities
  • Classrooms


285 Newton Road
Formal Name: 
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building
Payette Associates, Boston, Massachusetts / Rohrbach Carlson PC, Iowa City, Iowa

The Medical Education and Research Facility and its adjacent partner, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building (2005), provide classroom, laboratory, and research space for work in genetics, cardiovascular health, and respiratory diseases. These facilities, built to operate as one, provide a significant advancement in teaching and research on the Medical Campus.
MERF commands attention with its Postmodern freedom of expression, especially in the atrium where the regularized window arrangements and austere neo-Modernist treatment of the west wing gives way to an exuberant composition of cornices and sun baffles organized in ascending acute angles—all expressed in a towering ensemble of glass and prepatinated copper cladding. This sheathing draws attention to the building’s south end, which looks ready to take flight, penetrating and engaging the sky in the direction of General Hospital. This more fanciful component of the design is reminiscent of 1920s German Expressionist architecture, with the machine-standardized forms of the building’s flank being overridden to form an image of emotive viewer-appeal. The exterior thereby expresses the energy and optimism appropriate to the advancement of medical science. It also gestures dramatically and meaningfully toward General Hospital’s Gothic Tower, that grandiose architectural embodiment of the aspirations of an earlier epoch in medical science. The building stands as a new visual centerpiece for the Medical Campus. MERF received a 2003 Design Award from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
CBRB continues the combination of prepatinated copper and stone as the building form shifts to the east. This second structure creates the streetscape of Newton Road and represents the second of a three-stage creation of a large courtyard to anchor the heart of the Medical Campus.


The building is fully accessible.

The north entrance to CBRB is directly across Newton Road from the Newton Road Parking Ramp and there are no physical barriers to entering the building from the parking ramp. The east entrance of the building is directly accessible from the bus stop. Automatic door openers are available at the north and east entrances to the building. They are also available on each floor at the entrance from the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).
The nearest accessible parking is in the Newton Road Parking Ramp.
All restrooms are accessible.
Elevators are located in the atrium space at the east end of the building. There are two passenger elevators. Both are accessible.