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Chen Neuroscience Research Building (CNRB)

Design Renderings

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Chen Neuroscience Research Building - SW corner

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Chen Neuroscience Research Building - South Facade

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Chen Neuroscience Research Building - North Facade

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Chen Neuroscience Research Building - North side Lower Garden

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Project Description

The Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building


Project Description:

The building is being intentionally designed to foster opportunities for cross-disciplinary work and collaboration through communal lab spaces, centralized working and lounging areas, and a mix of outdoor environments. In addition, a pedestrian tunnel will connect the sub-basement of the new building to the neighboring Broad Center for the Biological Sciences to strengthen partnerships between the researchers of both buildings. The Chen building will serve as the Institute's hub for neuroscience research.

Building Details:

150,000+ square feet. It will be a three stories tall, with two basements.
A dozen+ faculty lab groups, student and administrative offices and support spaces for the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering.
A teaching lab and a 150-seat lecture hall.
Will provide wet, dry and computational research labs.

Construction Schedule:

  1. Major building Donation: December 2016.
  2. Design: Through 2017. 
  3. Relocation of and preservation of Historical Bungalows and early site prep: Spring 2018.
  4. Full Site Demo and Excavation: Summer 2018.
  5. Bungalow Court site: Completed Fall 2019.
  6. Chen Building Completion: Estimated for Fall 2020. 
Budget:                                                                 Project Team: 
$200+ million project                                       Architect: SmithGroup JJR /  Design Build/General Contractor: Hensel Phelps

Link to Chen Institute: Chen Institute for Neuroscience

Construction Photos

1/11/2019

Area A B1 deck and vertical columns
Area A B2 slab on grade finished and B1 deck and vertical columns
Chen Area A B1 deck
Area A B1 deck
Chen Area B prep for B2 slab on grade
Area B prep for B2 slab on grade
Chen Area B & C prep for B2 slab on grade
Area B & C prep for B2 slab on grade
Chen Area C prep for B2 slab on grade
Area C prep for B2 slab on grade
Chen Area B & C Utility tunnel at B1
Area B & C Utility tunnel at B1

1/03/2019 & 12/18/2018

12/14/2018 & 11/16/2018

10/30/2018

10/19/2018

10/15/2018 & 10/05/2018

09/28/2018

09/21/2018 (Beginning of Construction Photos)

Location on Campus