In addition to advancing the emerging field of stem cell research, the project utilized the latest design and construction tools and methodology, including building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD). The core team took an integrated approach for this momentous project, drawing upon the principles of lean construction and used BIM technologies to meet the schedule and budget and deliver a world-class green facility for breakthrough scientific research.
This project, designed by renowned New York architect Rafael Viñoly, was one of 12 planned facilities in California awarded funds by CIRM's governing board, under a competitive two-stage application process that initially included 17 applications. The facility features wet laboratories, as well as laboratory support and office spaces, located on a series of split-level floors with terraced grass green roofs. The building is base isolated and seismically designed to move a maximum of 26 inches laterally during a significant earthquake with little or no damage.