Pedestrain path and reused structure.
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By: Don E. Holden, Associate, CPM, Clark, Richardson & Biskup (CRB) Consulting Engineers
The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different client sites throughout he city of Santa Monica, Calif., into one
research campus. The facility consists of flexible
research labs and support spaces, a GMP manufacturing and pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a
sculpture garden and a conferencing center.
• Budget: $67 million
• Size: 173,000 sf
• Completion date: Q1 2013
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
From the outset the project required
creative thinking and a marriage with the
existing community. After the initial concept tracked well over budget, the city added
requirements that this new project provide
a public walkway through the middle of the
campus and that they reuse some of the existing structures to architecturally link the new
Agensys campus to the adjacent Bergamot Art
District. In the image below, note in addition
to the pedestrian walkway, a public sculpture
garden showcasing art by local artists is incorporated into the site and provides a link to
the adjacent art galleries. The café and fitness
center were also opened to public use. Flexible,
out-of-the-box thinking yielded a design that
satisfied the budget, the city and produced a
beautiful site that blends into the community.
FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING AND LAB DESIGN
Within the labs, shared support spaces are
centrally located to encourage collaboration
and eliminate redundancy of spaces and
equipment. The project also includes:
• Flexible design which supports future
needs for growth and change in technology. Each lab was designed on the same
building module with the same utility
services located in overhead ceiling panels.
This flexible approach makes relocating lab
groups easy. In turn, this eliminates costly
demolition and construction for future lab
• Agensys has standardized on the same
moveable furniture at all their sites. This
allows for reuse from other locations and
allows for more options when relocating
measures were taken to provide cost and energy savings:
• High-efficiency lighting system with occupancy sensors in offices and shutoff timer
• High-efficiency central chilled water plant
and cooling towers with VSD fans and
• Wall insulation was increased to R- 19.
• Roof insulation was increased to R- 27.
• VAV office and lab ventilation.
• Use of high-performance, low-e, insulated
glazing on the east elevation.
• Use of high-efficiency water heaters.
• Energy Pro modeling to insure a cost-saving
This award-winning Agensys campus incorporates the local and neighboring communities into the campus. It’s a perfect marriage
between energy-efficient design, space flexibility and budget.
HLW International, Los Angeles (architect
and lab planner); CRB Engineers, San Diego
(MEP engineer); Structural Focus, Gardena,
Calif. (structural engineer).
Don E. Holden is an Associate, Certified
Project Manager (CPM) and Senior Electrical
Specialist at Clark, Richardson and Biskup
(CRB) Consulting Engineers. Holden has been in
the electrical engineering field for over 35 years,
the last 28 years with CRB. Holden heads the
S&T effort for CRB’s San Diego office.
• The manufacturing building design included a more “open” layout. This concept
allows for a much better use of space and a
lower cost per sf.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY
This project achieved LEED Silver certification and earned over $140,000 in utility company rebates. Energy-saving design features
• The use of limited windows on the south side
of the facility to cut down on air-conditioning costs.
• All lab lighting was tied to occupancy sensors so lights are turned off when rooms are
• Ample bike parking and showers encourage
local employees to commute via bicycle.
• Taking advantage of the moderate climate, a
large outdoor eating area was designed, thus
reducing the HVAC required to service café
The following MEP engineering design
Agensys: A happy marriage between energy-efficient
design, space flexibility and budget
Lab with ceiling service panel.