A 5-story concrete-framed research facility. This is the first building of a 3-building complex, designed to accommodate early-stage and established technology and bioscience companies. The facility is affiliated with Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s top academic institutions in technology commercialization. The structure of the building was designed specifically to accommodate laboratory functions. A flat slab was designed for the central corridor to allow for the support of a large number of utility systems that are required for laboratory buildings. The most efficient location for the lab exhaust shafts were determined to be at the same location as the exterior columns of the building. Instead of relocating the columns or shafts, the concrete columns were split into two columns, where the space between the two columns serves as the exhaust shaft.