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Biological Sciences Building, Chabot College
Hayward, CA
(R)evolutionary biology.
A new life sciences building advances a college campus, becoming inclusive, inquisitive, and more collaborative.
Next-level learning.
The new biology building at Chabot College will provide five new instructional laboratories and support spaces for students and faculty. Designed as a free-standing structure adjacent to the existing Biology Building, HED’s careful planning and close collaboration with the user group resulted in a design that maximizes use of every space and system.

With goals of attracting new students, increasing space, and fully integrating within its campus setting, a variety of HED specialties were called upon. As the concept of a greenhouse for the botany program became more important to the programming, we were able to move it to the second level, adjacent to a student accessible roof terrace, keeping within the site’s tight space constraints.

Honest, natural materials such as glu-laminated beams, cross-laminated timber and exposed concrete help the tucked-away building stay within context of its surroundings. Large, open windows provide the circulation and student-focused spaces with plentiful, natural lighting while the support and service spaces to the rear of the building are afforded more privacy..

Providing a new home for biology, botany, environmental science, anatomy, physiology and zoology studies, the life sciences are encouraged to interact in a more collaborative environment.
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Results
The design enhances and extends Chabot College’s life science programs with technologically advanced and adaptable class-lab environments, laboratory prep facilities, cadaver room, greenhouse and student study areas.
HED responded to the need to improve safety, making the change from double-loaded corridors that housed back-of-house and support activities as well as academic traffic.
HED’s design worked within space and time constraints to deliver a high-performing building pursuing LEED Silver certification.
Project Data
Biological Sciences Building 2015-30004-000
Chabot College
Hayward, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
19,863
CONSTRUCTION COST
$20.2 Million
Project Team
  • Brett Paloutzian
    AIA, LEED Green Associate
    Managing Principal
  • Anna MacDougall
    RIBA
    Associate Principal
    Project Management Leader
  • Michael Myers
    AIA, LEED Green Associate
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader
  • Jim Corsiglia
    PE, SE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Structural Engineering Leader
  • David Rausch
    AIA, LEED Green Associate, CCS, CCCA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design
A new life sciences building advances a college campus, becoming inclusive, inquisitive, and more collaborative.
Biological Sciences Building, Chabot College
Hayward, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
(R)evolutionary biology.