Designed to promote healthy lifestyles for employees, the Nautilus Campus brings together life sciences companies working on similar types of research and development. The campus environment provides shared amenities among tenants, conducting biomedical research that aims to make life healthier. DPR’s portion of the campus involved two of the four buildings, as well as site upgrades and a central plant relocation. The project consisted of modernizing the core and shell for each building, including a complete re-skin and tenant improvements. The 38,000-sq.-ft. Novartis tenant improvement included labs and offices, and the 53,000-sq.-ft. tenant improvement for Verenium included its lab and office space, in addition to 15,000-sq.-ft. of biotech manufacturing space for industrial enzyme production with a fermentation pilot plant facility. Each building was upgraded with a high-end lobby featuring glass storefronts, stone flooring, wood wall paneling, and an open two-story lobby stair.
The “ultra-modern” exterior enhancements included a fully glazed translucent glass curtainwall system to replace the exterior skin, which consisted of an exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) with windows. A central plaza and amenity center was also added to tie the campus together. What was previously a central plant enclosure and space for parking now offers a fireplace, fountain, and open landscape areas. Upgrades to the central plant also included new chillers and boilers for increased energy efficiency.
Both buildings achieved LEED-CS Gold certification.