US-based developer McCarthy Building Companies has begun work on the $105m Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility at the University of California, San Diego, US.
The facility, designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, has been designed by ZGF Architects.
The new building will house wet labs, open lab space, lab support and administrative support space above ground with core lab space and support systems in the basement.
The exterior of the building will be clad in a combination of concrete, curtain wall, metal panels and terracotta.
Design plans also incorporate dynamic, computer-controlled exterior solar shading systems on the east, west and south façades.
The research facility is slated to open in August 2013.