Located in historic downtown Charleston approximately two miles from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus, the abandoned and former Weil's Sleep Products mattress factory is dramatically transformed into the home of the SCRA/Charleston Innovation Center. The former, dilapidated industrial building is renovated to include research and laboratory space through a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), MUSC and the City of Charleston.
Restoration to the façade includes the preservation of original brick and the refurbishment of original windows; the current roof is replaced in its entirety.
The interior is fitted with new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression systems and will include wet lab areas for use by MUSC to attract and form start-up companies for biomedical discoveries.
The building also includes administrative space, meeting rooms, and a police substation for use by the City of Charleston. The construction of the Innovation Center is part of a larger development plan to revitalize a neglected section of Charleston's West Side, with focus on the creation of a biomedical research hub, public amenities, new homes & stores.