Northwestern University Silverman Hall Building
The construction of Silverman Hall was a significant departure for the University as it is the first building ever built for an institute, rather than for a school or department. The Director and key Institute faculty took a lead role in designing and allocating space within the 147,000 gross square foot building, thereby ensuring the alignment of this research space with the mission of the Institute.

Silverman Hall is designed to enhance interactions and collaborations among colleagues. The building houses 16 research groups and about 245 faculty, staff and research assistants in chemistry, biology and engineering. There are a variety of meeting rooms and gathering places, including two two-story interaction spaces, to encourage both spontaneous and planned interactions among research groups and across disciplines. Each of the five floors has state-of-the-art research laboratories. The ground floor features the Center for Advanced Molecular Imagery (CAMI) that researchers from both campuses use to image molecules, chemical reactions and magnetic resonance contrast agents. The building also houses the Proteomics Center of Excellence, the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery, NIFTI and computational bioinformatics. Silverman Hall is connected to Pancoe-ENH and Ryan Hall via pedestrian bridges, extending the reach of the above-ground walkways that link Northwestern's science facilities.

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