The UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building will be a prominent feature of the new, 43-acre Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco. The new facility will be the Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Northern California to hold the National Cancer Institute's prestigious "comprehensive" designation. The new space will contain extensive laboratory spaces, conferencing facilities, seminar rooms, admin spaces, and a vivarium on the fifth floor.
IT infrastructure includes a robust structured cable plant, designed to be applications independent, supporting voice/data/multimedia. Infrastructure for wireless access points have also been planned throughout the facility providing seamless wireless coverage throughout. The infrastructure design for the lab spaces includes zone cable distribution with a pre-wired modular “utilities pole” which will allow for lab benches to be reconfigured or moved painlessly.
The audiovisual systems design includes multimedia presentation systems in the Seminar Room and in Training Rooms throughout the facility. Video projection, speech reinforcement and distance learning are just a few of the applications supported in these multimedia intensive spaces.
The security system design includes pan/tilt/zoom surveillance cameras throughout the interior and exterior of the building. All cameras are monitored and controlled from central security head-end that SM&W designed. An intelligent card access system was also specified to be able to track staff access in/out of the building and into key secure areas of the building.
SM&W’s acoustics involvement focused on providing critical low vibration environment to accommodate ultra-sensitive research instruments whose threshold for vibration is exponentially below human perceptibility. In addition, the modern architectural design presented an acoustical challenge with a large central glass atrium space connected by sky-walkways on the upper floors. Close attention was paid to choosing interior finishes that reduce reverberance yet enhance the architectural design.