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This University of California research facility houses 113,000 sf of laboratories, offices and collaborative workspace for molecular and microbial biology, greenhouses, offices and workrooms for biofuels research and development.

L+U provided lighting design, daylighting performance analysis, glazing specification and lighting and shade controls protocols for the project. The highly efficient lighting design breaks new ground in establishing coordination with daylighting and laboratory lighting controls, including task lighting at the lab benches. The offices and workspaces use controlled south daylight with high performance glass and exterior shading to significantly reduce lighting and thermal loads in the building. Landscape lighting for evenings was designed to work with the dark-sky requirements of LEED. Additionally, L+U designed and constructed mock-ups, and worked with manufacturers to deliver lighting controls and custom light fixtures for the building, including an LED-luminous stairwell and decorative fixtures for the public spaces.

labTypical laboratory space. Linear pendants illuminate the ceiling and provide ambient light. Undershelf tasklights provide required high illumination levels at the work surface.

stair up
LED-luminous staircase. Multiple mock-ups of stair and lighting resulted in an evenly illuminated continuous ribbon of light.

stair front
LED-luminous staircase. Removable stainless steel grate risers allow for easy maintenance.

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ARCHITECT
SmithGroup

LOCATION
Berkeley, CA

CURRENT STATUS
Occupied, 2012
AWARDS
USGBC LEED Gold, 2012

UC Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice, 2012

Merit Award in Architecture
AIA California Council, 2013

Honor Award, IIDA Northern California Chapter, 2013

Citation Design Award
AIA East Bay, 2015


















































Photographs by Bruce Damonte.