The research building provides modular laboratories for molecular and cell biology and advanced organic synthesis chemistry. The building also includes faculty offices, lounges, common rooms, and various lab support facilities.
On the Biology floor, Principal Investigator (PI) offices are located adjacent to labs, and four PI offices are grouped together at the center of the building. A common room and conference room are located near one building entry. Shared and dedicated support spaces form a “layer” of space between labs and corridor.
Each Chemistry research floor houses 10 lab modules, each supporting six researchers. Offices, common rooms, computer rooms, and conference rooms are grouped at either end of the building; special lab support and interaction areas are located in the center of the lab block.
The building exterior responds to the historic Stanford campus context while acknowledging the future-oriented research taking place in the building. Major exterior materials include a clay tile roof, limestone walls, and curtainwall with metal panel inserts.
Ellenzweig served as Design Architect and Laboratory Planner in association with Dowler-Gruman Architects, Architect-of-Record.