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The Building Overview

We are constructing a new building at the heart of the School of Medicine (SoM) campus to provide state-of-the-art lab facilities and unique research capabilities to support the ambitious mission of the SISCB/RM.

An extensive planning process culminates with the SIM1 design

The strategic concept for the Institutes of Medicine and Lokey Stem Cell (SIM1) was developed as part of the 2001 strategic planning process. SIM1 planning has evolved under the direction of the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) at the School of Medicine. In 2007, OFPM has enlisted the assistance of the University’s project management group, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, GPR – Jacobs Lab Planners, and Whiting-Turner General Contractors.

Within the University, the SIM1 project has full support from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Office, the Dean of the School of Medicine, and the SISCB/RM. The work to secure these approvals has been accomplished during the four-year planning of the building.

During 2007, the project team, architects, and lab designers have engaged in extensive dialogue with future occupants of the building, including faculty, lab managers, core services directors, and administrative staff. In 2007, OFPM conducted an extensive study with 21 faculty members to identify future trends in laboratory research and design. Lab designers, faculty, and research staff also visited other labs at Stanford (e.g., Clark Center, CCSR, Beckman, and MSLS) and elsewhere (e.g., UCSF Mission Bay Campus) to learn from other users’ experiences. Thus the design of SIM1 is informed by future research trends, deep operational input from scientists, and lessons learned from other research buildings.