ZGF, in association with PGAL, programmed and designed a new state-of-the-art research building for the Max Planck Society’s first U.S. presence. Located on the Florida Atlantic University campus, this new home for innovative and goal-directed research in the life sciences brings together researchers in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and computational sciences in an integrative research practice that attempts to visualize molecular and physiologic tissue properties with unprecedented specificity in a noninvasive manner. The 101,060 SF building is designed to promote a cohesive institutional culture with laboratories organized around an open central space for circulation, scientific collaboration, and interaction. The facility houses wet and dry bench research, instrumentation laboratories, computational research, core imaging and microscopy facilities, information technology services, offices, and support shops. The structure provides high levels of stiffness and vibration isolation for sensitive imaging technologies and contains flexible mechanical systems infrastructure to support an evolving research mission. Laboratory spaces are designed with adjustable, removable benches and open work areas that can be quickly reconfigured as new scientists are hired or research goals change. The scientific facilities are supported by an auditorium, lounges and meeting rooms, a lunch room, and administrative offices. The project achieved LEED Gold® certification, supplemented by laboratory-specific energy use reduction recommendations from the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria.