JOURNAL: LABORATORY PLANNING

The new Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation headquarters repurposes a former 1980s warehouse-turned-office-building, transforming it into a modern research laboratory and workplace. While working remotely and using new methods of collaboration, the design team uncovered existing site conditions and integrated the historic character of the building into the new design.

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Before CO designed a client’s new office space, the design team led the client through a Cultural Change Management process. Programming began with a Visioning Workshop, followed by crew meetings, during which the program and the characteristics of each space in the program were defined with increasing detail. Learn more about the process during the design of the Satellite Design & Prototyping Laboratory.

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CO Architects worked closely with this client to transform their space into a functional, integrative and collaborative office environment with work showcased on a “tour route” for the public and their future clients.

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COworkers explain the design process of UCLA Rosenfeld Hall after reaching a design milestone. Take a look through a series of gifs and images to learn how the design team creatively reviews design options with UCLA to understand all the nuances of the project in real-time.

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Just beneath the Urey Green pedestrian quad, at the edge of UC San Diego’s campus, lies one of the nation’s leading Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facilities. Learn how CO worked through challenges in the design and construction of the hidden NMR space that lives 30 feet below grade at UCSD’s Tata Hall for the Sciences.

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Tata Hall for the Sciences is a new state of the art research and teaching laboratory at UC San Diego. Together with our engineers, CO Architects developed energy conservation strategies to reduce the building’s overall energy consumption. As laboratories are one of the most energy intensive building types – and are operational 24 hours a day – efficiencies can yield huge reductions in the building’s carbon footprint.

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Contemporary research engages teams of researchers working together to solve complex problems. Today’s laboratory facilities bring different scientific disciplines under one roof to create opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary discovery. Yet physical laboratory space requirements often vary greatly among the disciplines, resulting in unique challenges in laboratory planning and programming.

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