Research Laboratory Renovation

VA Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
1,000 sq ft

New bioscience medical research laboratories for 103 researchers. The 2-story building, built in 1957, originally housed a Women’s Skilled Nursing Facility. The challenging low floor-to-floor heights and modest construction budget inspired a design with large open laboratory areas without acoustical tile ceilings.

Hilliard Architects did comparative studies including conceptual design alternatives using 3D renderings and Fly Thru Animations. This helped researchers visualize the space and shape their laboratories.

Researchers liked the efficient layout of laboratories and support spaces so much that they hired Hilliard Architects to design two new laboratory research buildings with a similar layout, providing facilities for an additional 136 researchers.