The Consortium will hold no intellectual property rights or interests in discoveries, new techniques or therapies developed at SCRM. Researchers will retain those rights in accordance with patent law and the policies and procedures of their respective employer institutions.
Designed by Fentress Architects of Denver, in association with Davis Davis Architects of San Diego, and Jacobs Consultancy, SCRM features offices, open labs, and specialized lab cores with advanced imaging, state-of-the-art robotics, and protein and nucleic acid analysis facilities. Two-story break rooms interconnect on all floors, encouraging collegiality and unplanned “creative collisions” among researchers from various disciplines.
“You cannot get from point A to point B without walking through someone’s space,” said Larry Goldstein, Ph.D., director of the UCSD Stem Cell Research Program and chair of the Sanford Consortium's Scientific Steering Committee. Wall surfaces throughout the building can be written upon, thus, ideas can be captured when and where they occur. Other major members of the construction development team included general contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of San Diego; engineering firms Hope Engineering, Project Design Consultants and Exp, all of San Diego; and landscape architect Civitas Inc. of Denver.
The cast-in-place concrete structure, with adjoining conference center and café, features the latest sustainability innovations and is on track to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Natural daylight is optimized by opening spaces to views. The design also takes advantage of San Diego’s Mediterranean climate and ocean breezes to lower utility bills and improve the quality of the workspaces. Landscape design features include recycled and salvaged material used as part of a rainwater capture system and a water conservation strategy that eliminates any need for potable water for irrigation.