INNOVATIVE SPACES | The Brain Performance Institute building is meant to pay homage to the human brain, making it a fitting place to maximize the human brain’s potential or help military veterans and others with traumatic brain injuries.

The Brain Performance Institute is designed like a brain, providing spaces devoted to increasing brain performance, enhancing brain resilience, and promoting brain regeneration.

A part of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, the new 62,000-square-foot building housing the institute is at 2200 Mockingbird Lane near Dallas Love Field. It officially opens to the public on Thursday.

The institute features programs and spaces to help everyone from veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries to middle school students seeking to maximize their brain performance in the Adolescent Reasoning Initiative.

Executive Director Leanne Young said the institute has programs that can aid people at all stages of their lives and those affected by a variety of conditions.

“This isn’t just about preventing dementia, although it’s important to so many. It’s about improving brain performance and health in everyone right now,” she said.

Everything about the building is aimed at promoting brain health. Inspiration for its design is drawn from the anatomy of the human brain itself. The elliptical central core of the building pays homage the brain’s oval shape, and the exterior’s sunshade of metal fins was inspired by the rhythmic pattern of an EEG strip.

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Published on Dallas Innovates October 18, 2017