University of California, San Francisco

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Smith Cardiovascular Research Building

Location
San Francisco, California

Size
236,000 GSF, 21,925 M2

Services
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Awards
Best Higher Education/Research Project, Honor Award -- Heal Category

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“An engine for patient-centered research.”

—Ethan Weiss, MD, Cardiovascular Research Institute

Description

SmithGroupJJR designed this project to accommodate 48 principal investigators (PI) and their teams to conduct bench-top research into cardiovascular diseases, and translate findings directly to patient care in the same facility, which includes an 8,000-square-foot outpatient clinic. Previously dispersed over several sites, the PIs now occupy a facility dedicated to their study.

Moreover, lab spaces encourage successful research by promoting collaboration and providing a wholesome working environment. The open lab layout minimizes the use of corridors and maximizes flexibility, while all researchers' offices are co-located around generous, glass-enclosed, informal meeting areas, and tied vertically with an open stair to foster communication throughout the building.

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