Columbia University Irving Medical Center | The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center


24,000 sq. ft.


Completed 2020


Top-Ranked Universities - Biomedical Research

lab planner

Lord Aeck Sargent


Lord Aeck Sargent


American Council of Engineering Companies, NY Chapter; Engineering Excellence Diamond Award


New York, NY


Project Overview

At the height of the AIDS pandemic, Mrs. Irene Diamond, president of the Aaron Diamond Foundation, recognized the critical need for dedicated scientific and medical research in the field of HIV/AIDS. With the assistance of Mayor David Dinkins, who provided a home in New York City for the new institution, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) was established in 1991. Since 1996, ADARC has been an academic affiliate of Rockefeller University.

OC River provided a well-constructed and attractive product that met the needs of ADARC users and project specifications. Its lab casework provides the right mix of flexibility, durability and affordability needed for this project.
Benjamin W. Elliot, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Science & Technology Innovation, Lord Aeck Sargent

Expansion for More Brilliant Minds

As a leading local, national and global center of excellence in HIV/AIDS research, ADARC needed a new, cutting-edge research environment at Columbia University that would enable scientists from ADARC to continue their world-renowned research.

“The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center is a world-leading center for the study of HIV and Aids,” said Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine and chief executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). “Our faculty are excited about the new collaborations that will advance our understanding of HIV and how to treat and prevent this viral infection. We’re delighted to welcome them to Columbia University.”

The New & Elevated Space

Two floors of the prestigious Hammer Health Sciences Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center were designated to be the new space for ADARC.

In collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, we constructed a state-of-the-art research environment that worked with the confines of the existing building while also incorporating the latest equipment and space solutions needed.

For the Aaron Diamonds AIDS Research Center’s move to Columbia University Medical Center, we were so impressed with OC River’s product as well as its ability to provide a superb installation team; we awarded them the project over a lower bidder. Our decision was absolutely correct. The result was outstanding.
Larry Lord, FAIA, Founding Principal, LEED AP, Client Advocate, Lord Aeck Sargent