• Renderings courtesy of MBH Architects.

  • Renderings courtesy of MBH Architects.

  • Renderings courtesy of MBH Architects.

  • Renderings courtesy of MBH Architects.

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Business Type

Rehabilitation and conversion of landmark museum into laboratory and bioscience facility

Size

95,000 square feet

Through careful planning, extensive coordination, and constant reassessment of strategies, the design and engineering teams fit a new program and energy-efficient mechanical, engineering, and plumbing infrastructure within the highly unorthodox space while protecting its historic fabric.

The space can now be used for cutting-edge research by graduate students, established biotech companies, and life science start-ups in the community.

Architect

MBH Architects

Owner

University of California Berkeley

Sustainability

Certifications

  • Pursuing LEED Silver

Special features

  • All-electric building

  • 20% better than California Energy Code

  • Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) of 81 kBtu/Square Feet-Year, a 33% reduction when compared to the LEED baseline and 63% reduction when compared to similar labs in the Labs21 database

  • HVAC system makes use of a fully manifolded supply and ventilation air system that provides healthy and safe ventilation

  • The chilled and heated hot water is generated by a modular air-source heat pump (ASHP) that can operate simultaneously in high-efficiency and heat-recovery mode

  • The fully manifolded HVAC design consolidates and simplifies maintenance with single Air Handling Unit (AHU), exhaust fan system, and plant generating heated and chilled water

  • HVAC design makes project more cost and space efficient with N+1 system redundancy provided for each of the systems