UCLA Health Sciences Building

Los Angeles, California
University of California Los Angeles
130,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

Built in 2004, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Sciences Building is a five-story, 130,000-square-foot biomedical research laboratory that also includes offices and conference spaces.

A modular approach is applied to the laboratory spaces in the Health Sciences Building to encourage team-based research without inhibiting more individualized efforts. By fostering open and continuous lab spaces, the facility adapts to changing research group sizes while promoting collaboration and intellectual exchange in the laboratory. Laboratory spaces include a vivarium elevator and tunnel washer cage, rack washer, and autoclave. In addition, there are eight wet labs with histology and special procedure rooms, several dark rooms, environmental rooms, an operating suite, and a high purity water system. 

Located on an urban university campus site surrounded by buildings and heavy pedestrian traffic, the Health Sciences Building project required significant planning and an emphasis on safety. Additionally, Clark carefully constructed the building's subterranean access tunnel under an adjacent six-story research building and a 240-seat auditorium.