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Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA

Project Size / Type
124,000SF Built-to-Suit


Laboratory Architect

Building Architect   

Awards & Recognition
LEED Silver Certification

UCSF Neuroscience Laboratory and Research Building

Project Overview

Michael Wall Engineering provided laboratory power engineering for this 124,000SF academic laboratory and research facility at UC San Francisco, Mission Bay Campus. The laboratory is part of a 237,000SF building constructed at a cost of $200M. This project for UCSF is the world’s largest neuroscience complex.

Design scope included the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neurology, W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience, and the Memory and Aging Center consisting of clinical research laboratories, prep and support rooms, surgical suites, vivarium, animal research suites, teaching labs, electron microscope room, robotics, and a 4,200SF Biological Safety Laboratory (BSL-3) suite. Sciences served include biology, chemistry, microbiology, physiology, neuroscience, and behavioral studies. Systems designed include laboratory power, emergency power, and isolated ground systems. Highly flexible and modular laboratory power distribution systems required development of overhead-supported multi-disciplinary service interface panels. These multi-service access points required detailed work with the lab users as well as exacting coordination with all design team disciplines. The project achieved LEED Silver certification and is accepted by LABS21 as a “Benchmark Project” as a standard for future LABS21 designs.