How do you create a lab building with ultimate interior flexibility?
How do you create a lab building with ultimate interior flexibility?

LBNL Building 33 General Purpose Laboratory

An open lab and office space with a steel moment frame system and unique cladding system designed using BIM.

Customized Solution
  • This 43,000 s.f. 3-story laboratory and office building has a special steel moment resisting frame structure with connections that will yield and dissipate seismic energy during large earthquakes. The perimeter steel moment resisting frame structure allows for flexible interior spaces and minimizes structural interference with the multitude of utility elements to support the laboratories.
  • At the entry, there is a tall glass curtain wall and atrium space that is captured by light steel framing and a special steel grand stair. A unique curtain wall system and light shading elements help reduce the energy costs.
  • With the high air change demands of lab spaces, there is a considerable amount of mechanical equipment and a tall exhaust stack that was designed through BIM coordination process. The project also includes a central utility plan near the site, which is founded on drilled piers on a steep slope.

Justice/Civic/Governmental, Science & Technology

  • Architect: RMW Architecture + Interiors
  • Owner: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Steel Moment Frame system created better access for extensive M/E/P equipment routing. Stringent vibration criteria was met by stiff structural framing.
  • LEED Gold Rating