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UC Berkeley - Chris Chang Chemistry Lab

An L-Occupancy chemistry teaching lab conversion in a B-Occupancy educational building

  • 3K

    Square Feet

  • Berkeley, California

    Berkeley, California

Laboratory building redevelopment helps researcher’s game-changing ideas to flourish

Cutting edge research doesn’t have to occur in the newest of laboratory buildings, but it does need facilities able to accommodate grand ideas and the high-tech tools of discovery. When the Chris Chang Laboratory at the University of California – Berkeley outgrew its space, and the building’s infrastructure, we worked with UC - Berkeley to redevelop existing space and meet Professor Chang’s team’s needs.

The Chris Chang Laboratory works in areas of the chemistry of biology and energy. The renovated space needed to accommodate a wide range of projects including applications for imaging, proteomics, and drug discovery, as well as artificial photosynthesis and hybrid catalysts applied to global challenges in carbon dioxide capture and conversion. The lab expansion was to be located on the 5th Floor of Tan Hall, but this chemically intensive research would not be possible in the existing B-Occupancy Building. Working with the Campus Fire Marshal, a strategy for incrementally converting the building to L-Occupancy on a floor-by-floor basis was developed, and the 5th floor conversion to L-Occupancy was included as part of this renovation.

The Chris Chang Laboratory renovations in Tan Hall serve as a model for how highly functional and desirable lab space can be created within the aging laboratory buildings.

Services for this project were completed by the employees of GL Planning & Design prior to their employment at Stantec.

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Farshad Altafi, Principal, Senior Laboratory Planner

The teacher can learn from the student just as well as the student from the teacher.
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Farshad Altafi

Principal, Senior Laboratory Planner

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