Biology Lab/R&D/Manufacturing Campus

AGENSYS Location: Santa Monica, California Square Footage: 176,752 Construction Cost: $67,000,000

Lab/R&D/Manufacturing Campus

CRB in conjunction with HLW and the full A/E team provided design, permitting services for the new Agensys R&D and Manufacturing Campus. The multi-building campus consolidated four different sites throughout the City of Santa Monica into one research campus. The new facility consists of flexible research laboratories, support spaces, manufacturing research, 

GMP facility, pilot plant, central plant, administrative offices, fitness center, public café, sculpture garden, and conferencing center.

The research laboratories support both biology and chemistry research with growth and flexibility for future needs. Shared laboratory support was centrally located in order to maximize efficiency and operation costs. Office and executive areas were placed overlooking a seasonal sculptural garden with an eclectic procurement of art pieces from various local artists. The facility is LEED Silver and the site includes ample bicycle parking, shower facilities, and is adjacent to the new light rail train station. 

CRB designed the facility's manufacturing space incorporating LEED and utilizing the latest regulatory requirements. The flexibility of the space was maximized by implementing a closed process design thereby allowing the process suites to be combined and designed as large open suites. The multi-product pilot plant utilizes all disposable process equipment.

The project required demolition of all existing buildings and the design for new buildings and surface parking. CRB used the latest design tools to execute this project. The tools included (BIM) Building Information Modeling 3-D design software, and intelligent PIDs.

The electrical distribution system included relocating existing overhead utility lines because of the congested space and close proximity to the Manufacturing Building. The 12KV line from the utility was transformed down to 480V in the Central Utilities Building and distributed underground via ductbanks to the individual buildings on the campus. Emergency power was provided for all buildings via a 750MW generator.


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