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    The Birthplace of Biotech: Exploring Gateway of Pacific

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
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    Be part of new conversations hosted in collaboration with the AIASF Health + Science Committee. This session will describe unique program requirements, performance strategies, and place-making for research environments as we explore the Gateway of Pacific campus which is now nearing completion and reflects both the strong tradition and new directions in Bay Area life science.

    Gateway of Pacific is a landmark, delivering premier laboratory and office space at the front door to South San Francisco’s flourishing biotechnology community. This fully-integrated campus is designed to the highest institutional standards, featuring distinct and robust buildings within an active, urban-park setting.

    South San Francisco is considered the Birthplace of Biotechnology, the hub of biotech industry and the home of industry giants such as Genentech Inc. Anchored by a thriving Biotech community, which continues to grow, South San Francisco is home to the largest biotech cluster in the world, with over 200 biotech companies, and 11.5-million square feet of biotech space on 500-acres.


    Stevens Williams, Principal, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Flad Architects
    Zandra Bucheli, Construction Administrator, Associate AIA, WELL AP, Flad Architects (Moderator)

    Learning Objectives (1 LU/HSW)

    The Birth of Biotech. The biotechnology revolution shaped the recent history the Bay Area and set a new direction for life sciences research. This session will trace developments from this pivotal event to the current White House Bio Tech and Bio Manufacturing Initiative.

    Design for Discovery. Research environments include both factors that guide all design and the highly specialized needs of a unique building type. We will review organizing principles, aesthetic goals, infrastructure needs, with special focus on research in high-rise buildings.

    Science in the Park. A new planning typology emerged from the Bay Area to broadly define research settings for decades. Learn how rising land values, research trends, and expectations for design quality have created an evolved and urbanized vision for the research campus.

    The Path to Platinum. Recognizing the exceptional demands of this building type, we will describe passive design strategies and active design technologies that can best benefit research building performance and the integrative process that shaped the Gateway campus.

    Towards a Zero Net Carbon Future How lab buildings can strive to meet this challenge.


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