UC Santa Cruz | Biomedical Sciences Facility
Santa Cruz, CA
Photos: Matthew Millman, Guttman & Blaevoet

Structural Engineering

100,000 sf

Winner of AIA SF Design Award 2015, Merit Award
Key Info
Flexible laboratory space

Providing flexible laboratory space for researchers in molecular and cell biology, development biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental toxicology, and biomolecular engineering; the $72 million project contained 100,000 sf of wet laboratory space and specialized facilities in a sun-lit, sustainable facility. The project exceeded its initial goal of LEED Silver and has been certified LEED Gold. This project featured close collaboration between R+C and the project architect using BIM for design and clash detection to control cost and schedule. R+C used BIM to analyze different building configurations with structural system options, allowing the owner to make informed decisions early-on in the design. Rutherford + Chekene was structural engineer of record.