University of California, Davis Contained Research Facility

Davis, California

  • FIRM

    Anshen + Allen, Architects


    University of California, Davis

  • AREA

    73,000 sq.ft.





A structurally efficient, single-story curved roof complex reminiscent of regional farm buildings will provide the first and only facility in the United States designed to meet the rigid quarantine standards for groundbreaking genetic engineering studies of natural pesticide alternatives.

Designed to meet the university’s goal for creating the most advanced ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$288.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress control, quarantine and containment facility in the nation, the main building of the 45,000-square-foot complex will provide modular Bio-Safety (BSL) 2 and 3 labs, growth chambers, greenhouses and materials processing. Other structures include an attached administrative building for reception, offices and meeting rooms, and a separate energy center housing major mechanical and electrical equipment.

Both public and private institutions will conduct research on a temporary basis based on a shared "hoteling" concept. Three self-sufficient containment suites for Transgenics, Plant Pathology and Nematology, and Entomology will each be equipped with a laboratory, growth chambers and six greenhouse compartments. Each isolated greenhouse compartment is equipped with a separate air-handling system to control climatic conditions and prevent cross-contamination. An innovatively designed jet-induction air-distribution system will decrease temperature differences within the experimental areas of the greenhouses while maximizing energy efficiency.

Photographer: ©Stephan Hoffpauir