University of California, San Francisco


Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building


UCSF is at the forefront of regeneration medicine but was in need of a dedicated facility to house this growing research program. The University commissioned Rafael Viñoly Architects to design a building nested on a compound slope reaching 65 degrees in the back of UCSF's Parnassus campus.

However, to meet the challenges of the budget and the mandated two-year design and construction window, the University then turned to SmithGroupJJR and DPR Construction. The design-build team was selected for their innovative planning, design and construction solutions that would bring the budget into alignment while still respecting the original design intent.

Breaking the mechanical understory of the original design into four clean segments and embedding them in the office level to independently serve each floor eliminated every fire and smoke damper within the building. This significantly increased the net to gross square footage ratio resulting in a highly efficient facility. The team also took advantage of 2007 code changes rather than the 2001 codes that the original design followed to reclassify portions of the building from complicated and pricey lab occupancy to less-costly business occupancy.

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