Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

Article excerpt

University of California, San Francisco with Rafael Vinoly Architects; also SmithGroup; DPR Construction; GPR Planners Collaborative; ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc.; Gayner Engineers; Cupertino Electric, Inc.; Cammisa and Wipf; Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.; Nabih Youssef Associates; Creegan & D'Angelo; Sandis; Carducci & Associates, Inc.; CMG Landscape Architecture; Nova Partners, Inc.; Glumac

Jury Comments

The jury said, "... an innovative way to support buildings and the way it steps down, completely out of the box ... landscape is well integrated into the project ... wonderful edge of campus ... feels organic, like it grew out of the side of the hill ..."

Project Highlights

* Building program was primarily research laboratories for 25 principal investigators.

* Despite the challenging site, a horizontal building was planned where the main floor functions as one continuous laboratory divided into four split levels, each stepping down a half-story as the building descends the forested mountain slope. Each level is topped by an office cluster and green roof.

* The landscaped multi-level green roof terrace provides an outdoor amenity shared by building occupants and the broader medical center community.

* The building was ideal for base isolation, where a building rests on a system of special bearings that are very stiff vertically, yet very flexible laterally. This allows the building to "float" sideways in any direction when an earthquake occurs. …

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