The BioLegend Campus project started with Master Planning efforts that outlined a four-year strategic plan to privatize a public street and convert the existing 7.5-acre, four-parcel plot of land into an 8-acre biotechnology campus. Master Planning started in September of 2015 and the entire project finished 2% under budget and one day ahead of schedule in February 2019.

The completed campus included over 150,000-sq.-ft. of lab space, over 80,000-sq.-ft. of office and amenity space, over 200,000-sq.-ft. of site improvements, a new seven-story, 700-stall parking garage with PV panels, a pedestrian bridge, a 500-person multi-purpose room, a full commercial kitchen, yoga studio and gym, 65 foot tall structural glass atrium, new underground infrastructure and fully automated order fulfillment center.

The office space is welcoming and encourages collaboration. In addition, it also offers workstations and private rooms for focused efforts. The labs focus on cross-functionality to increase efficiency between departments. Labs, offices, break rooms and conference rooms were strategically placed to encourage interaction.

An innovative aspect of the project featured the structural steel building design utilizing the patented bolted SidePlate connections for the special steel moment frames. Typically, moment frame connections in high-seismic regions are required to be full-penetration welded connections. Using the bolted SidePlate connection offered many advantages including speed in schedule and cost savings from inspections, welder labor rates, steel tonnage and possible future damage from seismic events.


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