USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Los Angeles, California
Size: 190,000 square feet
The Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience is a specialized research building with various types of cutting-edge spaces on four levels above grade and one basement level. As a catalyst for discoveries in biological science, imaging, engineering, nanofabrication and collaborative cross-disciplinary studies, the Center brings together research in engineering and the biomedical sciences to fast-track the detection and cure of diseases.
To accommodate the specialized research within, the structural design included beam-free floor slabs, and pushed lateral systems to the perimeter for maximum interior flexibility. The design simultaneously met exceptionally stringent vibration, magnetic and radio frequency tolerances by employing flat slabs with clustered MEP openings. Even logistical issues such as equipment and material loading were addressed through the structural design.