The design team consisted of 3 people: my project manager, job captain, and myself as designer. In addition to design, I was involved in this project from planning through construction administration. I developed the 3-D model, created renderings, and designed the wall graphic for the microscopy room.

The Problem

The UCSF Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration is an interior renovation project that houses two microscopy rooms, stem cell reseach, and tissue culture rooms.The users of the site wanted to create a center that would attract donors as well as showcase their work and personalities through the design. The space also needed to be flexible in case the space needed to converted in the future.

The Solution

We designed the space with a user-centered-design approach as well as modular planning techniques to ensure space flexibility. The users were deeply involved in the design process and resulted in a space that was flexible, functional, and aesthetically pleasing for the ground-breaking stem cell research work the users do on the space. In addition, the laboratory was awarded LEED gold and is one of a handful of LEED Gold laboratories in the country.

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The sliding stacking doors allows the users the flexibility to use the kitchen as both a meeting room and expand into the reception for larger gatherings. The glass makes the space feel large and spacious. The color and custom wall covering reflect the users' personalities and aesthetic into the space.

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We placed the laboratory adjacent to the exterior windows so that the users would have ample lighting in the workspace. Light sensitive spaces were moved to the interior to minimize light loss to non-light-sensitive spaces.