Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC

Los Angeles, CA
USC Capital Construction Development
ZGF Architects, LLP
Morley Builders
LEED Certified
Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Vibration Analysis and Measurement

The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research is a 90,000-gsf science and research facility consisting of five stories above grade with a full basement. The basement level houses the vivarium functions and interconnects, via a new service tunnel, to the existing basement of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Building (Zilkha Building). The first floor of the building was divided into two primary spaces: an entry plaza and lobby space, and an equipment space that houses a majority of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment that services the building. The remaining floors consists of wet labs, lab support space, and administrative space. The roof level includes a mechanical penthouse with both enclosed and open spaces. The USC Broad Center project functionally interconnects to the existing Zilkha Building by a 52 ft. long bridge at each level. The new bridge is structurally connected to the USC Broad Center and seismically separated from the existing Zilkha Building. 

The USC Broad Center superstructure consists of reinforced concrete flat-plate floor slabs supported by concrete columns, concrete bearing walls, and mat foundations. The main Lateral Force Resisting System consists of Special Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls. Design of the floor slabs included a vertical vibration limit criteria of 2,000 micro-inches per second in the laboratory support spaces, and 4,000 micro-inches per second in the wet labs. The building skin features Zimbabwe Absolute Black granite stone and a high performance double-glazed façade with the outer curtain consisting of structural glass supported by pretensioned cables and point support stainless-steel spider fittings. Construction of the superstructure was completed in 2012 with a total construction cost of $65 million.


Awards & Recognition

2012 Los Angeles Business Council’s Architectural Awards – Sustainability Category

2011 Laboratory of the Year Award with High Honors from R&D Magazine

2011 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies