ZGF programmed and designed a new interdisciplinary bioengineering teaching and research building to fit within a sensitive campus context and to promote a unique synergy among scientists in the physical sciences, biological sciences, and engineering disciplines. Key project issues for the 290,000 SF, eight-story Stanley Hall included creating a flexible layout for the laboratories that would respond to new and changing multidisciplinary research, integrating adaptable building systems and infrastructure, and designing open, inviting spaces to stimulate interaction among faculty and students from the various departments and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Organized around research themes relating to health, energy, and the environment, major program elements include research and teaching laboratories, a bionanotechnology center with cleanrooms, support functions, lecture halls, an NMR suite, specialized low-vibration optical suites, a multimedia / distance learning center, and administrative space. The building responds to its sloping site and the rich architectural context of the site, bridging between the classical Beaux Arts and Arts and Crafts traditions of the campus.

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