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USC Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower

Los Angeles, California
The Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower (HNRT), a ten-story biomedical research facility, is located adjacent to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in the heart of USC’s Health Sciences Campus east of downtown Los Angeles. The building is linked to two existing research laboratories and that linkage gives form to the massing of the facility.

Programmatically, the primary function of the building is to provide “incubator laboratory” space that creates opportunities for collaboration between the University and private industry in the development of new treatment therapies and modalities, while shortening the “bench to bedside” interval.

The building houses a variety of wet bench research programs, dry bench research programs, shared core laboratories, administrative spaces, and a conference center that includes a 200-seat auditorium. The individual research laboratory modules were designed to provide maximum flexibility due to the frequent changes that occur year to year in research programs, investigative focus, and grant funding.

To encourage the exchange of ideas and collaboration, two-story interaction lounges have been provided. Each interaction lounge links two floors together and provides a space outside the laboratory environment for investigators to informally meet.