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National Polymer Innovation Center

The University of Akron

Hasenstab Architects was lead architect – working with laboratory planning consultant Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture and laboratory engineering consultant URS Corporation – providing architectural services for a $13.2 million, 42,750 square foot National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC) at The University of Akron. NPIC opened in Fall 2010 to academic researchers and industry partners focused on providing solutions to emerging research challenges in the areas of health, energy and sustainability through new materials and device development.

The NPIC incorporates the Wright Center of Innovation in Polymer Engineering, and a multi-laboratory facility featuring state-of-the-art research instrumentation and large high-bay areas. Amenities are designed to accommodate installation of prototype manufacturing apparatus for materials and device fabrication, which in turn provides platforms for training a skilled workforce and creating new technologies and jobs throughout Ohio.  The NPIC also houses the Akron Functional Material Center (AFMC), where solutions to industry challenges in complex fluids, nanoparticles, adhesion, membranes, biomaterials and automation are developed and provided. The AFMC is a partnership between The University of Akron and the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA). Also located in the NPIC is ABIA’s Center for Biomaterials and Medicine (CBMM), which develops novel biopolymers and polymer hybrids with applications in orthopaedics, wound care and other areas of medicine.

The National Polymer Innovation Center has been designed as a regional and national research resource facility with unique equipment and expertise capable of addressing complex challenges faced by companies and academics in research and development.

This building is LEED® Certified.

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