Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Yorker Examines Stem Cell Architecture at UCSF

UCSF stem cell research building
UCSF photo
It has been six years, 10 months and 27 days since the New Yorker visited the California stem cell scene.

But stem cell research in the Golden State is making the magazine again in the Sept. 19 issue, but not for what might be strictly called research. Instead it is for a striking building housing stem cell research at UC San Francisco.

Amy Adams, communications manager at CIRM, pointed out the article in a CIRM blog posting yesterday. She wrote,
 "(A)rchitecture critic Paul Goldberger features UCSF’s Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine as one of three new science buildings in the United States 'crafted with the specific intention of fostering interaction and connections, as a means of generating ideas.'"
UCSF stem cell research building
on right, UCSF hospital on left
UCSF photo
CIRM helped to finance the structure in a $271 million laboratory construction round in 2008 that included most of the stem cell research institutions in the state. The San Francisco building cost $123 million. CIRM pumped in $35 million with matching requirements. Ray and Dagmar Dolby contributed $36 million. Eli and Edythe Broad, contributors also to stem cell research at UCLA and USC, added $25 million. UCSF still has to raise $12 million to pay off the building.
The construction site is much steeper than it appears in
these UCSF photos.

Unfortunately, the article is behind a pay wall on the New Yorker site so we can't provide additional snippets from the article. But we have seen the building in recent weeks. It is indeed impressive and built on a very tight site on a steep hillside that provided a significant challenge to its designers and builders. Not to mention that it needed to meet stiff earthquake standards.

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