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The UCLA Stein Eye Institute facilities include three multistoried structures of architectural note. The five-story Jules Stein Eye Institute building of neoclassical design is the original facility, constructed in 1966 and is currently undergoing renovation to reopen Spring 2017. An expansion and companion building, the Doris Stein Eye Research Center, followed in 1989. The new state-of-the-art Edie and Lew Wasserman building was completed in 2014. A graceful portico and a conference center complex connect these three buildings. The facilities are located at the southern gateway to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, and situated within the UCLA Center for Health Sciences complex at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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The Institute reflects the considerable architectural knowledge and taste of Dr. and Mrs. Jules Stein, who believed that the special attention given to design created an uplifting environment for patients, visitors and staff alike. The facilities complement each other in design and function and together provide nearly 300,000 square feet of dedicated space to accommodate the Institute's patient care, education, research and community service programs.

Edie and Lew Wasserman Building

The new six-story Edie and Lew Wasserman Eye Research Center, was dedicated on Oct. 28, 2014. The 100,000 square-foot building is certified "green," and features floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the spacious rooms with natural light. The first three floors of the Wasserman Building are dedicated to Stein Eye Institute.

The new center features six lower-level operating rooms; the Division of Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery is on the first floor; the Division of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is on the second floor. Each practice area includes procedure space and clinics, enabling physicians to perform patient exams, testing and surgery in a single location. By moving its surgical-center site to the Wasserman Building, Stein Eye will be able to expand the lab space in the Jules Stein Building required for cutting-edge research, such as gene and stem-cell therapy, for treating eye disease.

Jules Stein Building

With the opening of the Edie & Lew Wasserman Building, the Institute shifts to the final phase of construction in Stein Plaza, as renovation of the Jules Stein Building is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.

Built in 1966, the interior space of the Jules Stein Building is being reconfigured to meet twentyfirst century needs. In addition to new examination rooms and renovation of two floors as modern wet labs for vision-science research, windows will be introduced into the west façade to bring in natural light.

A three-story atrium lobby will provide a dramatic centerpiece that visually connects the B-Level entrance at Stein Plaza with the ophthalmology check-in lobby and clinic on the first floor. The flagship building’s internal plumbing, cooling, heating, and electrical systems are also being modernized, and the facility is being upgraded seismically and made ADA compliant to meet accessibility guidelines.


Doris Stein Eye Research Center

The Doris Stein Eye Research Center, a freestanding four-story building adjacent to the Institute's main building, provides an additional 67,000 square feet for clinical and laboratory research, patient care activities, ophthalmic photography, optical dispensing and computer-related services.

The DSERC also houses the Clinical Research Center, which provides core support for patient-based research studies. A conference center complex, including the 156-seat Research to Prevent Blindness Auditorium, links the two buildings and accommodates the Institute's education and community service programs.

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