This confidential client is a world leader in the production of fluorescent dyes for biomedical and other scientific research. The company's success generated the need for high-quality, cost-effective facilities to maintain growth and market leadership. After designing the master plan and two other buildings for the client's headquarters campus, IDCA was asked to design the new science building. The project was designed and constructed in only 18 months to meet their aggressive growth projections.
The science building is composed of distinct chemistry and biology laboratory wings and maximizes efficiency of the building systems and product flow. The client challenged our design team to create opportunities for resource sharing and collaboration between scientific disciplines. The final design solution features shared support rooms and open, interactive meeting spaces along a "main street," which joins both laboratory wings. Another key design goal was to achieve optimum balance in first cost versus operating costs, and state-of-the-art performance versus affordability. This goal was met by using a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, and cost estimators throughout the entire design process to evaluate and refine design trade-offs in real-time. The well-articulated "main street" concept resulted in the science building winning a prestigious regional design award in 2006.
Our work on this project was recently featured in The Oregonian. Read the article, "Clean white rooms answer post-9/11 threats."