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LA BioMed Project Celebrates Topping Out

The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) facility at Harbor-UCLA topped out in February, marking a significant milestone in the march towards a January 2019 completion. The 78,000 square foot, 4-story research and bioscience incubator is an anchor of the 11.5-acre research park at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, considered LA County’s first biotech hub.

LA BioMed is an independent, non-profit biomedical research organization that was originally founded in 1952. Today they employ more than 120 principal investigators and 400 researchers in and work as a public-private partnership between LA County, the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Their mission is to find innovative solutions for healthcare through biomedical discovery.

JAMA’s structural approach on the research facility utilizes 13” thick mild reinforced two-way concrete slabs to satisfy the vibration criteria due to the equipment within the lab spaces. In addition, PT tendons are added at the cantilever slab edges to help control deflection at the north and south ends of the building. The concrete slabs are supported by concrete columns. The lateral system is comprised of concrete shear walls which are located near the edges of the building and stair wells to create an open floor plate. Structural steel is used to create the roof top mechanical penthouses,
entrance canopies at level 1, and to support the stair hanging from the roof. Due to the poor soils on the site the foundation is a mat slab that varies from 3’-0 to 5’-0” thickness.

JAMA is working with ZGF Architects and DPR on the design and construction of the facility. Internally the project is being led by Partner Kal Benuska and Project Manager Greg Orozco, with assistance from Mitch Fanning, Kent Kaewwaen, Felix Olmos, James Lee., Kurt Clandening, Barry Schindler, and Roger DiJulio.