After the successful completion of the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation (formerly the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute) campus master plan by ZGF and Jensen + Partners, ZGF was commissioned to design the first phase of implementation featuring Medical Research Laboratory 1.
Designed as a landmark building, the new Medical Research Laboratory 1 (MRL1) forms the centerpiece of the organization’s 10.25-acre campus, which is located within the 72-acre Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus in Los Angeles. Marking the realization of Phase 1 of the ZGF-developed campus master plan vision, this four-story 79,750 SF research facility provides a cutting-edge home for the Institute and its 100+ distinguished research groups. Connection to nature was paramount in the design and is emphasized by the transparent exterior, second floor terrace, and light-filled spaces. The ground floor welcomes users with a lobby / gallery, a boardroom, an event space, and a café. The upper levels house research laboratories configured into neighborhoods with support areas, offices, and clusters of conference and interaction space. An 18,000 SF incubator space on the third floor is designed to attract prominent biomedical research start-ups by offering flexible space to support a wide range of technical needs. The fourth floor includes a suite for the Institute’s executive team, along with dry laboratories and a conference room. Many sustainability measures were taken to create a high-performance building, such as an analysis of the façade and site, as well as the integration of chilled beam technology and a cascading airflow system. Throughout the interiors, jewel tones and warm woods evoke a hospitality feel. Environmental graphics recognize donors and integrate a motif into the public areas that expresses the Institute’s mission—creating innovative solutions for healthcare through biomedical discovery, fostering researchers of tomorrow, and promoting wellness.