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Biological Sciences Building, Chabot College
Hayward, CA
(R)evolutionary biology.
Advancing campus while becoming inclusive, inquisitive, and more collaborative.
Next-level learning
The new Biology Building at Chabot College provides 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 this collaborative environment.
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.
Advancing campus while becoming inclusive, inquisitive, and more collaborative.
Biological Sciences Building, Chabot College
Hayward, CA
(R)evolutionary biology.