With its glass and concrete facade, visitors approaching California Institute of Technology's Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering might mistake it for a performing arts center.
Sustainable design defines the new Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena, Calif. The recently opened laboratory houses research groups in synthetic chemistry, catalysis, materials, and atmospheric chemistry. Research will be conducted in the development of new pharmaceuticals and biochemical therapeutics, neurochemistry, solar energy conversion, climate change, control of air pollution, and developing new materials, plastics, and polymers.
Desgined by the San Francisco office of Bohlin, Cywinski Jackson, the 62,300-square-foot, 4-story building features flexible, customized lab space that can be reconfigured for evolving needs, maximized natural lighting that includes floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate 90 percent of the labs, an eco-conscious design to further the campus-wide commitment to sustainability, and advanced features with sophisticated research equipment. Other building features include six faculty offices within two faculty suites, office space for more than 100 postdoctoral and graduate students, a 50-person undergraduate teaching classroom/faculty conference room, multiple interactive lounge areas, a central recycling room, individual office climate control and auto-sensor lighting, and a dual-glazed curtain wall system for window shading and reduced heat gain
Schlinger will soon showcase the work of Caltech faculty, staff, and students as they support and conduct innovative investigations in chemistry and chemical engineering.
The Schlinger Laboratory was designed with energy-conscious equipment and lighting for a 28 percent reduction in energy usage and a 30 percent reduction in water usage. The building utilizes locally derived and recycled building materials. Throughout the building, contemporary stainless-steel components complement the classic maple cabinetry and millwork, much of which was custom built by Caltech carpenters. The lab is targeted for LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.