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University of California-Berkeley, Energy Biosciences Building. Design: SmithgroupJJR. Photo by Bruce Damonte courtesy of SmithgroupJJR   

University of California-Berkeley, Energy Biosciences Building

Budget: $133 million.

Size: 113,200 ft2.

Project team: SmithGroupJJR, San Francisco (architect); Research Facilities Design, San Diego (laboratory planner); Gayner Engineers, San Francisco (MEP engineer); Rutherford & Chekene, San Francisco (structural engineer); Creegan + D'Angelo, Fairfield, Calif. (civil engineer); Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco (landscape architect); Cumming construction Management Inc., San Francisco (cost consultant); Lloisos & Ubbelohde, Alameda, Calif. (daylighting/lighting consultant); Colin Gordon & Associates, Brisbane, Calif. (vibration/acoustics consultant); Cermak Peterka Petersen Inc., Fort Collins (wind tunnel consultant); TeeCom Design Group, Oakland, Calif. (telecom/AV consultant); Energysoft LLP, Novato, Calif. (energy modeling consultant); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco (waterproofing consultant); Rudolph & Sletten, Redwood City, Calif. (contractor).

Completion date: 3Q2012.

Description: Five-story biofuels research building brings together researchers, academic leaders and students to foster collaboration and spur innovation. The Energy Biosciences Institute, a public-private partnership, is the main occupant; part of the UC-Berkeley department of bioengineering is also housed in the facility. Each research floor provides two open, flexible, eight-bay wet labs with dedicated support space. The facility also houses labs dedicated to molecular and microbial biology, fermentation and chemical separation, as well as greenhouses, warm and cold rooms, and additional shared instrumentation space. The program includes offices, conferencing areas, break areas, an 80-seat auditorium and other common spaces. LEED Gold certification is targeted, with sustainable strategies including advanced exterior cladding and glazing; efficient lab and fume hood ventilation; automated window shades; and an innovative daylighting control system.

Contact: Amy Russeau, SmithgroupJJR,