LEED Silver Lab, R&D and Manufacturing Campus

LEED Silver Lab, R&D and Manufacturing Campus

CRB in conjunction with HLW and the full A/E team provided design and permitting services for the new Agensys R&D and Manufacturing Campus. The multi-building campus consolidated four different sites throughout the City of Santa Monica into one research campus. The new facility consists of flexible research laboratories, support spaces, manufacturing research, GMP facility, pilot plant, central plant, administrative offices, fitness center, public café, sculpture garden, and conferencing center.

The research laboratories support both biology and chemistry research with growth and flexibility for future needs. Shared laboratory support was centrally located in order to maximize efficiency and operation costs. Office and executive areas were placed overlooking a seasonal sculptural garden with an eclectic procurement of art pieces from various local artists. The facility is LEED Silver and the site includes ample bicycle parking, shower facilities, and is adjacent to the new light rail train station.

CRB designed the facility’s manufacturing space with LEED guidelines and the latest regulatory requirements in mind. We maximized the flexibility of the space by implementing a closed process design so process suites could be combined into large open suites. The multi-product pilot plant uses all disposable process equipment.

The project required demolition of all existing buildings and the design for new buildings and surface parking. CRB used the latest design tools to execute this project. The tools included building information modeling (BIM) 3D design software and intelligent PIDs.

Finally, due to congested space and close proximity to the manufacturing building, our design had to address the electrical distribution system challenge by relocating existing overhead utility lines. The solution transformed the 12KV line down to 480V in the central utility building and distributed underground via duct banks to the individual buildings on the campus.

Project Details




Santa Monica, California

Square Footage



$67 million

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