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 a unique cladding system designed using BIM.
Customized Solution
  • This 43,000 s.f. 3-story laboratory and office building have 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 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