JOURNAL: LABORATORY PLANNING

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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CO Architects and MATT Construction have partnered together to create an efficient design-build project delivery method built on trust, transparency and flexibility. This collaboration has produced specialized laboratories at Caltech that are innovative and dynamic for the unique researchers. The design-build partnership allows for easy communication, a quick schedule and complex design opportunities that ultimately produces successful, well-executed design and construction.    

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Associate Principal and Senior Laboratory Planner Jennifer Swedell recaps her first day with CO and the growth of the Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.

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