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Herbert & Marion Sandler Neurosciences Center

This new, five-story, 237,000 gsf laboratory building is situated on Block 19A of the 43-acre Mission Bay campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The project is a developer-led 30-year “ground” lease back for the University.

Bullet 237K SF
Bullet $215M construction cost
Bullet LEED Silver

Currently the world’s largest complex dedicated to researching neurological diseases and disorders, it houses two (2) major UCSF programs: neurodegenerative disease research and integrative neuroscience.  Designed to foster interaction between researchers and staff, the building features a striking five-story atrium with multifunctional public areas, a clinical research wing, a web lab research station, various lab support areas, a shared vivarium, 3,500 sf BSL-3 lab, an auditorium,  faculty and research staff offices, and administrative support rooms. 

In order to meet the client’s high performance goals for the building, a full array of engineering services were implemented into the design, such as natural ventilation, radiant floors and daylighting, which all improve thermal comfort and indoor air quality, while increasing energy savings. The laboratory facility is designed to produce 5.8M pounds less of C02 per year compared to similarly-sized laboratories and complies with the Labs21 program.

The project is registered with the USGBC and on track to receive a LEED® Silver certification.

Significant Project Features:

  • Web lab research station
  • 3,500 sf BSL-3 lab suite
  • Shared vivarium
  • 150-seat auditorium