University of California, Santa Cruz, Biomedical Sciences Facility

Wednesday, October 3
5 to 9:30 p.m.

Attendees had the opportunity to tour the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, Biomedical Sciences Facility on Wednesday evening. Completed in 2012, this facility is a $72 million, 100,000-square-foot, four-story interdisciplinary research laboratory located among the redwoods of the picturesque UC Santa Cruz campus.

Picture of the exterior of the facility
Photo credit: David Hurley, EHDD Architects


The Biomedical Sciences Facility is one of several science buildings on the UC Santa Cruz campus that together create a biomedical "research cluster" organized by research interest rather than department. The primary purpose of the laboratory is to provide open and flexible laboratory spaces for researchers in molecular and cell biology, development biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental toxicology, and biomolecular engineering.

The building's mechanical and electrical designs emphasize sustainability and energy efficiency, with attributes such as daylighting, lighting controls, active chilled beams in the laboratories, reduced air change rates, and low-pressure-drop design of air handling systems. In addition, building information modeling was used throughout design and construction. The project is designed to be LEED® Silver certified under the LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations™ rating system and is projected to be LEED Gold certified. 

Tour attendees were given an insider's look at this brand new, state-of-the-art facility, from the sun-lit laboratory spaces to the roof-top mechanical equipment. Transportation was provided, and a pre-tour reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments was held at the facility.

Please note:

  • No photography will be allowed.
  • Attendees are encouraged to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
  • Attendees should also bring a jacket or outer layer, as the temperature in Santa Cruz can be significantly cooler than in San Jose, especially in the evening.
Picture of the interior of the facility
Photo credit: Frances Fowler, Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers

I2SL would like to extend a special thanks to UC Santa Cruz, EHDD Architects, Frank M. Booth, Inc., and Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers for helping I2SL coordinate this evening tour.

I2SL would also like to extend a special thanks to the tour and reception sponsors:

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