Green roof at the north and south portions oflevel 1
The 39,000 sf building houses 100 researchers focused on the conversion of solar energy into liquid fuels. Each level centers on different aspects of current research needs. Level 1 provides ultra-low vibration areas for sensitive work, Level 2 is the main building entrance and the space allows for interdisciplinary interaction, and Level 3 houses laboratories for wet lab research and nanoscale technology. The team used Building Information Models to facilitate efficient design and collaboration. Rutherford + Chekene was the structural engineer for the building and also provided structural engineering services for equipment anchorage in all laboratories.
Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.