Natural Sciences Building Unit 1 at the University of California—Irvine will consist of research facilities for the Schools of Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences, specifically the Chemistry and Bioinformatics/Biological Sciences Departments. The facility provides space for wet laboratories, general ancillary laboratory support areas, administrative offices, and COST PER SQ FT$283.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio rooms.
To achieve economy in construction, the more expensive laboratory functions are grouped together in a lab “block.” For functional efficiency, this lab “block” is organized around a double-loaded corridor. The entire structure is constructed in a poured-in-place concrete sheer wall system. The concrete structure provides the labs with very low vibration, a requirement for conducting research. Architectural treatment of the exterior shear walls serves as the exterior skin. For increased convenience at the main entry, a small piazza links the building with the main pedestrian ring mall and the immediate campus context. The building was master-planned into the new physical-sciences campus that will accommodate three more new buildings adjacent to Natural Sciences Building Unit 1.