Stanford, CA

Stanford University | Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Center


Structural Engineering


200,000 sf

Key Info

Wide variety of vibration requirementsUtilizes Bucking-Restrained Braced Frames40-50% energy savings over comparable building


The new building is part of a visually striking new gateway to the School of Medicine. It houses the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford, the Cancer Tissue Bank, and related support space. The 200,000 sf building houses a 24,000 sf vivarium and research core facilities, including the Tissue Bank, Imaging and Genomics. The building utilizes buckling-restrained braced frames as the lateral force resisting system and is connected by tunnel to nearby research facilities. The building boasts a 40-50% energy savings over conventional similar buildings.R+C was structural engineer for the project. Structural considerations for flexible laboratory space include consideration of vibration criteria to accommodate requirements that future lab occupants may require. For this project, R+C worked closely with the architect and lab planner to map out and design for different zones within the building that would meet a variety of vibration requirements. The project also involved an extensive study with 21 faculty members to identify future trends in laboratory research and design and incorporate these ideas into the design.

Science | Technology

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.