Bioengineering Building, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Bioengineering Building is conceived as a multi-disciplinary facility that serves the growing intersection between engineering and the life sciences. Dry, computational laboratory space is balanced with traditional wet laboratories that are served by an extensive array of equipment and procedure support space. These functions are complemented by administrative suites for defined research groups headquartered within the building.
Envisioned as a hub, or “collision-space,” for the scientific community at UCSB, the site chosen anchors the intersection of two primary campus circulation routes and is centrally placed within the science and engineering district. Initiated through an extensive programming phase, the design embraces its important site while providing three research floors and a large vivarium and neurovascular surgical suite placed discretely within the basement that will serve research both within the Bioengineering Building as well as the surrounding research community. The project has been undertaken within an integrated design approach leading to a current LEED target status that nears Platinum without incurring added cost. Extensive use of natural ventilation, daylighting, geothermal and active chilled beam technologies all support an ambitious goal towards environmental responsibility.