Type of facility: Clinical laboratory
Client: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program,
Project architect: Stone Marraccini Patterson,
General contractor: Ray Wilson Co.,
Completed: February 1993
Size: 98,000 square feet
Total cost: $23.7 million
Cost per square foot: $241
"Probably the most exciting design of a clinical laboratory anywhere," said Mr. Keener about this research lab, which relies on natural lighting to diminish a high-tech image.
According to the jury, minimal partitions and attractive landscaping enhance a strong sense of community and identity for lab employees-an important issue since the lab is remote from Kaiser's medical centers.
Because the space is expected to double in size over a 10-year period, zoning and configuration patterns complement a modular, flexible design. Concepts were derived from an understanding of the flow of work through the building, which can be modified in the future.
Design logistics were aimed at reducing noise and vibration from an adjacent railroad line and airport.
Ms. Langford described it as a lab that reflects today's changing world in its industrial surroundings.
The facility is accessible to the handicapped and complies with Title 24 and Americans With Disabilities Act standards. The lab has five handicapped workers among its 450-member work force and was customized for their needs.
It also utilizes energy-saving devices for the lighting system to avoid unnecessary use of electricity.
As a building that has to consider high-tech equipment and its users, this center "presents a balanced, sophisticated and functional solution for modern technological research," Ms. Geddis said.