The 435,000-gross-square-foot, five-story biomedical facility is part of a new 43-acre research and teaching campus, which is the focal point for a new research park that allows private medical research corporations to create opportunities for public/private research collaboration. Research functions include molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, structural biology, and the Center for Advanced Technology.
Designed by SmithGroup of San Francisco, the facade consists of travertine stone and a full height glass curtain wall incorporated into a lobby atrium that also features a dramatic open stairway. From the stone and wood paneled walls of the lobby, visitors and researchers enjoy the light from the five-story glass atrium.
Designed to facilitate a work environment that promotes an unprecedented level of scientific interaction, this building is the model on which the entire UCSF Mission Bay campus will be developed. It reflects the cutting-edge science for which it is being built, fostering the collegiality, connectivity and cohesiveness.
In addition to Clark and the architect, the project team included Rutherford and Chekene, structural engineer; Harding Lawson Associates, geotechnical engineer; and Gayner Engineers, mechanical/electrical engineer, all of San Francisco. Turner Construction Company was the construction manager.