Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA)

Simulation Lab, Teaching Facility & Headquarters

Extensive renovations and adaptive reuse of an existing (1917) Summit County building created a permanent headquarters in downtown Akron for Austen BioInnovation Institute (ABIA). The four-floor, 48,000 square foot facility houses administrative offices and support spaces, as well as product development, teaching/simulation/ learning resource areas and a nine-station bio-skills/cadaver lab.


Innovative ideas are generated in the Center for Biomaterials and Medicine; developed in the Medical Device Development Center; tested in the Center for Clinical Trials; evaluated, refined and used in simulated settings in the Center for Simulation & Integrated Healthcare Education; and then applied to treat patients in real clinical practice through initiatives such as community outreach to the medically underserved.

Project Details


Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA)


Akron, Ohio




48,000 Square Feet


2013 AIA Akron Design Award


Silver Certified

Key Team Members

  • Dennis Check
  • Brian Miner
  • Dan Herstine
  • Ben Rantilla
  • Ben Grow
  • Chitra Matthai
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