Santa Cruz, CA

UC Santa Cruz | Biomedical Sciences Facility


Structural Engineering


100,000 sf

Key Info

Flexible laboratory space


Winner of AIA SF Design Award 2015, Merit Award

Providing flexible laboratory space for researchers in molecular and cell biology, development biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental toxicology, and biomolecular engineering; the $72 million project contained 100,000 sf of wet laboratory space and specialized facilities in a sun-lit, sustainable facility. The project exceeded its initial goal of LEED Silver and has been certified LEED Gold. This project featured close collaboration between R+C and the project architect using BIM for design and clash detection to control cost and schedule. R+C used BIM to analyze different building configurations with structural system options, allowing the owner to make informed decisions early-on in the design. Rutherford + Chekene was structural engineer of record.

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.