UCSD J. Craig Venter Institute

La Jolla, CA
J. Craig Venter Institute

ZGF Architects LLP

McCarthy Building Companies

LEED Platinum

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Stormwater Management
KPFF provided structural & civil engineering services consisting of the design and construction of a new Genomics Research Center for the J. Craig Venter Institute West, located in La Jolla, CA. The center has approximately 49,000 sf of office and lab space above a 43,000 sf parking garage, on 1.7 acres of land leased from UCSD. The sustainable aspects of the project revolve around energy performance, water conservation, and a multitude of other efforts. Specific mitigation measures include subsurface detention basins, permeable pavement, infiltration trenches, vegetated swales, and green roofs.

The design team has been benchmarking the project with two building design guidelines the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and EPA’s Laboratories for the 21st Century programs. Based on this benchmarking and additional sustainable features, JCVI will be one of the “greenest” buildings in the United States with a LEED® Platinum rating and a carbon-neutral footprint. 

The project sustainability goals involve strategies that integrate stormwater management with the adjacent environmentally sensitive riparian habitat to help achieve a LEED® Platinum Certification.  The project is a Net Zero building generating 100% of its energy from solar power and is the first Net Zero Laboratory building in the United States. The project was completed in 2014 with a construction cost of $35 Million.
Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 ENR Californias Best Projects, Green Project: Award of Merit

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Stephen Whalen Photography
Stephen Whalen Photography
Stephen Whalen Photography
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