Biotechnology and nanotechnology is a fast growing field in universities. Monterrey Tec (ITESM) has been developing a program that is focused on applied research with direct collaboration with the manufacturing industry. Since its foundation, Monterrey Tec has maintained a close relationship with the local industry in many other fields. However, through bioengineering and nanotechnology, that role has expanded significantly to other parts of the world. Monterrey is leading a new technological revolution. As a consequence of this trend, Monterrey Tec decided to pursue the commissioning of a bioengineering and nanotechnology building that could house all the functions of research and development as well as incubators, accelerators and collaboration spaces for scientists and corporations. The university issued a request for qualifications
to a limited number of architects with experience in laboratory design. The building site is located on the corner of Av. Eugenio Garza Sada and Av. Fernando Garcia Roel on the campus of Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM). This corner is effectively the entrance to the university and, as a result, is one of the most prominent sites on campus. The site is currently used as a baseball field. The campus itself is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The building typologies and construction techniques on the campus is quite diverse and ranges from concrete to glass and steel. The trends in campus architecture has been towards embracing contemporary design trends while also seeking to preserve the modernist legacy that defines some of the most noted buildings on campus.
TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY
ARQUIPLAN, WERNER SOBEK ENGINEERS, ARUP, HARARI LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LERCH BATES INC, HH ANGUS & ASSOCIATES