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University of California-Santa Cruz, Biomedical Sciences Facility. Design: EHDD/Design for Science. Rendering by Al Forster   

University of California-Santa Cruz, Biomedical Sciences Facility

Budget: $72 million.

Size: 100,000 ft2.

Project team: EHDD, San Francisco (architect and interior designer); Design for Science, San Marcos, Calif. (lab planner); Guttman & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers, San Francisco (MEP, IT/data and security engineer); Integral Group, San Francisco (concept, schematic design and commissioning); Rutherford+Chekene, San Francisco (structural engineer); Kennedy Jenks, Palo Alto, Calif. (civil engineer); David Nelson & Associates LLC, Littleton, Colo. (lighting design); Loisos+Ubbelohde, Alameda, Calif. (daylighting consultant); Ambient Air Technologies LLC, Fort Collins, Colo. (wind tunnel analysis); Devcon Construction, Santa Cruz (contractor).

Completion date: 1Q2012.

Description: Four-story building is nestled among redwoods on the UC-Santa Cruz campus, in close proximity to the Physical Sciences Building, the Science Library, the Sinsheimer Laboratories, the Thimann Laboratories and the Baskin Engineering Building. The adjacencies create a compact hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, with the new facility providing open and flexible lab spaces for research in molecular and cell biology; development biology; chemistry and biochemistry; environmental toxicology; and biomolecular engineering. The program also includes research and administrative offices, meeting rooms, and a 14,000-ft2 vivarium for rodents. The HVAC and electrical design emphasizes sustainability and energy efficiency; the building is projected to be LEED Gold-certified. Attributes include daylighting, advanced lighting controls, active chilled beams in the labs, reduced air change rates, and low-pressure-drop design of air handing systems.

Contact: David Hurley, EHDD,