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Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Center

This five-story building addresses a dramatic expansion of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) programs focused on cancers of the prostate, kidney and brain. The building also houses the UCSF cancer research institute, whose fifteen (15) major laboratories investigate the basic biological mechanisms of cancer.

Bullet 170K SF
Bullet $128M construction cost
Bullet BSL-3 facility

The facility includes approximately 170,000 sf of laboratories, including a vivarium, support spaces, BSL-3 facility and offices. A sky-lit, multi-story atrium between the lab and office blocks provides for building circulation and public functions. Balconies, bridges, and stairs encourage casual meetings between scientists from all floors. Amenities such as break rooms and conference rooms are located around the atrium on each floor, further maximizing interaction.

A shared seminar facility that accommodates 60-70 occupants is located at the first level lobby with a pre-function area immediately adjacent. The balance of level one (1) is devoted to building support and mechanical functions.

Significant Project Features:

  • 20,000 sf vivarium

  • BSL-3 containment suite

  • Manifold lab exhaust systems

  • 1,500 KW emergency generator for life safety and critical power loads

  • Atrium smoke exhaust system

  • Central utility plant services of chilled water, HTHW and steam

  • Radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels in offices

  • Radiant slab for heating and cooling in atrium

  • Central pure water and animal watering

  • Process cooling loop for select laboratory equipment

  • (26), 6-ft fume hoods with CV controls

  • H8, hazard occupancy classification

  • 226,000 CFM of custom air handlers

  • 4,000 AMP electrical service

  • Integrated building management and control system