Last week, CO celebrated the grand opening of the new lobby for the UCLA La Kretz Botany Building. The reimagined lobby space creates sight lines to the adjacent garden and brings to life a mosaic design from the building’s original architect, Paul Williams.The full renovation project will consolidate much of the EEB department within the Botany Building and make departmental research and teaching visible to the greater UCLA community.
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.
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.
How does delivery method affect the architect’s design process? Here is a glimpse into how Design-Build influenced the façade design on the CSUS Science II project.
The newly completed Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Campus advances the desert vernacular of its predecessor and neighbor, the CO-designed Health Science Education Building (HSEB). While the copper facade is the most visible sustainable measure, this LEED Silver-certified building features a multitude of innovative sustainable technologies and designs.