Fleming Architects, in conjunction with TRO Jung/Brannen (now BRG3S) joined with the University of Tennessee to renovate and convert an existing medical building into the new Hamilton Eye Institute. The first phase of the renovation included creating a new Center for Vision Research, located on the 7th floor, which houses 15 individual research laboratories, all of which are designed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines. The Center for Vision Research includes administrative offices and core areas for imaging and molecular biology. The second phase of renovations incorporated the addition of many new Eye Clinics on the third floor, which included a General Adult Eye Clinic, Sub-Specialty Adult Eye Clinic, Retinal Degeneration Clinic, an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and a Pediatric Eye Clinic. In the Pediatric Eye Clinic, a planetary theme was introduced and was exhibited in the lobby through the use of three-dimensional tactical surfaces, which were created especially for children with vision impairments. The second phase of the project also included a skills transfer classroom, telemedicine facility, additional offices, and a 100 seat auditorium.
“The opening of the UT Hamilton Eye Institute fulfilled the lifelong vision of Memphis ophthalmologist Ralph S. Hamilton, MD. By bringing together the finest ophthalmic physicians, scientists, educators and resources under one roof, The Hamilton Eye Institute has become a powerhouse for innovation and discovery and is poised to be a leader in ophthalmology for the next century.