Tour Information

Tour our 73,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility one of the founding members of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Our tours are conducted by one of the Institute’s research scientists and offer in depth views of our laboratory methods against the backdrop of the architectural beauty of the space by world-renowned architect Mehrdad Yazdani.

Hauptman-Woodward’s 73,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is a three-story, environmentally sensitive structure designed by Cannon Design’s Los Angeles based architect Mehrdad Yazdani. This $24 million facility centers on the principle of scientific collaboration, providing an open, functional, and visible working environment.

The HWI Structural Biology Research Center is divided into three distinct parts; laboratories, office and support spaces, and a three-story atrium that unites the two. The laboratories are housed in the square shaped section of the building with U-shaped laboratory modules surrounding shared core facilities. The exterior covering of the laboratory is a channel glass called Profilit™, which is translucent allowing privacy for researchers while at the same time allowing maximum natural light into the building. The administrative, science, and support offices are housed in the circular section of the building along with conference rooms, work rooms, and the Donald and Victoria Hess Boardroom. The exterior of the office complex is covered in metallic aluminum panels with staggered window openings creating diverse office spaces. The three-story atrium joins the research and office complex together creating informal meeting spaces where people can congregate and engage in discussions. The first floor Constance Stafford Constantine Atrium is open space that is utilized for events and scientific symposia. The second floor M&T Commons contains the staff lunchroom and science commons area. The atrium is also home to a grand staircase that is prominently featured as you enter the building.

The Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities would not have been possible without the dedication and support of federal, state, and local government as well as local foundations, corporations, and individuals. Tours can be arranged through