San Francisco, California

To redesign this one-story industrial building into a hub for life science start-ups, DES created a two-story, modular space that caters aesthetically to the youthful, edgy users. The tenant, the California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences, needed more space than the original floor plan provided. So to meet their needs, while minimizing construction costs, a second floor was added by removing three feet of floor slab. Reusing the concrete floor slab from this excavation, benches were created in the front of the building to provide usable outdoor space. The interior consists of four vibrantly colored lab rooms to support progressive research. By being divided into eight-foot sections, the room’s work bench modules are able to be rented individually — providing affordable space for young companies. Balanced with wood and bright colors, the scrappy, industrial space fits perfectly in San Francisco’s transitioning Dogpatch neighborhood.

project features

  • 23,700 incubator lab facility
  • new 5,000-sf lobby
  • adaptive reuse: industrial-to-life science
  • wet and dry labs
  • share and private offices
  • lecture room for up to 50 people
  • space for up to 25 start-up companies
  • fast-track schedule