As of November 2014, construction of the Williamson Building was on budget and on time for completion by summer 2015. A large atrium extends the Main Mall of DHMC and connects the Williamson Building to the Borwell and Rubin Buildings. This view looks south, toward Borwell. Another view looking south inside the atrium: Notice the entrance to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center on the left. The stairs lead to the Level 4 balconies that connect the Rubin, Borwell, and Williamson Buildings. The bridge in the center of the atrium, connecting the Williamson and Rubin Buildings, brings the medical student lounge and James C. Chilcott Conference Center (Auditorium G) into close proximity with the translational research labs, The Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. This view of the atrium looks north, toward DHMC’s Main Mall. An artistic rendering of the finished atrium, looking north, gives a sense of the light and warmth that will fill this important crossroads. The auditorium, shown here still in its early stages, will seat between 175 and 180 people. The auditorium will be a central location for educational programming and the sharing of research findings. The rear of the auditorium features a glass wall that will look out onto a lush courtyard and let in natural light when desired. The main entrance of DHMC is just to the left of this view. This artistic rendering shows a few of the 26 wet-labs to be completed on Levels 6 and 7 of the Williamson Building. Shown here is the main section of the clinical and translational pathology floor. The open floor plan will accommodate new equipment and workflows as technologies and best practices evolve. Interior windows are used throughout the building to allow daylight to travel beyond the perimeter rooms. These men are working in one of the areas that will connect to the Borwell Building. A glass corridor connects Level 6 of the Williamson Building to the atrium of the Rubin Building (Cancer Center). A view from the Rubin atrium into the glass corridor that leads to the Williamson Building. On the top floor of the Williamson Building is the mechanical penthouse, which houses an energy recovery heat exchanger. During warm weather, the heat exchanger pre-cools and dehumidifies the incoming air, while during cold weather, it pre-heats and humidifies the incoming air, saving energy and money and creating better indoor air quality. You can still support the innovative research that will take place in the Williamson Building, as fundraising to support both capital and programmatic needs continues. For more information, please contact Richard Peck in the Office of Development at (603) 653-0734.
Photos by Eli Burakian ’00
Scheduled to be completed in the late summer of 2015, the Geisel School of Medicine’s Williamson Translational Research Building will make collaboration between biomedical scientists and clinicians easier than ever before, and—most importantly—will accelerate the movement of discoveries from research labs into patient care.
Located on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the building will be home to interdisciplinary teams of bench scientists, physician-researchers, health-care delivery researchers (from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice), and biomedical data scientists. The Williamson Building will also be home to SYNERGY: The Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute and to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s clinical and translational pathology labs.
For more on the Williamson Translational Research Building, read “At the Crossroads of Discovery and Patient Care,” in which Duane Compton, PhD, now the Interim Dean of the Geisel School, discusses how the building will advance research for the benefit of patients and students.