Hauptman Woodward Research Institute

700 Ellicott St.


Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admittance: 4:45 pm
Photography and filming allowed
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Public restrooms: Yes

Offering: Self-guided Tours

Visitor Experience: The first-floor atrium, board room and conference room will be open to visitors; photo and video can also be taken from the staircase between the first and second floors. In addition to the building itself, visitors will see artwork based on Dr. Hauptman’s research as well as that of our other scientists. The second and third floors will not be open due to active research being done on those floors.

Building Description: 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 Mehdrad Yazdani. This $24 million facility centers on the principle of scientific collaboration, providing an open, functional, and visible working environment. Opened in 2005, it was the first new construction on the now-thriving Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 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(TM) 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. 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.