The Buck Institute, a leader in regenerative medicine, added to its campus with a 65,000-square-foot research facility. Designed by Perkins + Will in accordance with I.M. Pei’s original Master Plan for the Buck Institute campus, the new Regenerative Medicine Research Building is a four-story structure on a hillside facing south with dramatic views extending to Napa, Oakland, and San Francisco. The building is nearly identical in footprint, design, and appearance to the adjacent laboratory building of similar size, and has been built to obtain LEED certification at the highest possible levels.
The building features heating and cooling assisted by a geothermal system, as well as plenty of open lab areas for collaborative research. The facility includes a basement and three stories above ground, and features an open lab plan that allows for much greater flexibility. Energy savings features include a system that pulls groundwater at 61 degrees Fahrenheit to provide a geothermal exchange with the interior air spaces.
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