Stanford University | Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Center
Stanford, CA
Photos: Robert Canfield, Bernard Andre (bottom)
  • 200,000 sf
  • $130 million
  • Wide variety of vibration requirements
  • Utilizes Bucking-Restrained Braced Frames 

The new building is part of a visually striking new gateway to the School of Medicine. It houses the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford, the Cancer Tissue Bank, and related support space. The 200,000 sf building houses a 24,000 sf vivarium and research core facilities, including the Tissue Bank, Imaging and Genomics. The building utilizes buckling-restrained braced frames as the lateral force resisting system and is connected by tunnel to nearby research facilities. The building boasts a 40-50% energy savings over conventional similar buildings.

R+C was structural engineer for the project. Structural considerations for flexible laboratory space include consideration of vibration criteria to accommodate requirements that future lab occupants may require. For this project, R+C worked closely with the architect and lab planner to map out and design for different zones within the building that would meet a variety of vibration requirements. The project also involved an extensive study with 21 faculty members to identify future trends in laboratory research and design and incorporate these ideas into the design.