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Building a Sustainable Research Facility at USC

The Eli and Edyth Broad Center provides state-of-the-art research facilities in a 93,000 sf five-story, cast-in-place structure with one subterranean level designated for research vivarium. The clients primary objective was to provide a home for stem cell research and regenerative medicine in an environment that fosters collaboration, discoveries and expansion. The Broad Center’s four core laboratories-Stem Cell Core, Flow Cytometry Core, Histology Core and Imaging Core provide state of the art facilities for cell culture and microscopy with ample scope for collaboration, so that visiting scientists can learn techniques and generate pilot data. In addition, the first floor auditorium allows for video conferencing and distance education with other institutions.

Sustainability was a key element in the design and construction of the Broad Center. The following is a sampling of the items incorporated into the project.

■  Indirect and controlled lighting in all normally occupied spaces and light harvesting controls in the labs to reduce or eliminate the need for artificial light during daylight hours.

■  Enhanced commissioning to improve the researchers comfort, reduce energy costs and reduce maintenance cost by ensuring the systems are operating as designed.

■  Light pollution reduction. The light fixtures located internally and externally are “Dark Sky Friendly” to minimize light pollution.

93,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$7.5 Million

June 2008 – May 2012

Delivery Method
Design Assist

Other Team Members
Morley Builders
ZGF Architects, LLP
Affiliated Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Los Angeles




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