ZGF programmed and designed the two-phased MolES and NanoES Buildings, which together provide 160,000 SF of critical research space in the field of interdisciplinary molecular engineering considered critical for ensuring future economic, environmental and medical health worldwide. Sited within the campus core, the buildings were designed to fit within the historic context while also reflecting the cutting-edge nature of the research housed within them. The 90,000 SF Phase 1 building provides space to support a wide range of wet and dry laboratory uses, including fume hood-intensive chemistry, open plan offices for researchers, faculty offices, common and support space. The design takes advantage of the topography of the site to provide ground and basement level instrumentation laboratories (the largest on the West Coast) with ultra-low vibration and electromagnetic interference requirements, allowing the research laboratories to be above-grade to take advantage of daylight and views. The LEED Gold® building is the first laboratory building on campus with a naturally ventilated office component. It also features optimized laboratory ventilation, energy-efficient chilled beams, and two green roofs. Phase 2 will provide an additional 70,000 SF of research and collaboration space and includes a significant classroom component.

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