Genentech Building 10

Vacaville, California | industrial & manufacturing, science & health

A new hub evolves for Genentech’s Vacaville campus, expanding capacity while defining a sense of arrival for the complex.

Research and manufacturing at Genentech’s Vacaville site centers on protein-based drugs, which are the fastest-growing class of drugs for the treatment of infectious, inflammatory, and cardiovascular diseases. In fact, growth happened so quickly at the 100-acre campus that staff were housed in temporary trailers, and little thought had been given to service and delivery flows.

RMW was engaged to master-plan the site, then focus on the detailed programming, planning, and design of the next phase of construction. We determined the need for a new mission-critical building that would expand lab and administrative capacity while also providing a central campus cafeteria and training and meeting space. At 135,000 square feet, Building 10 plugs right into the existing campus by continuing the same vocabulary of design elements. A deep notch in the façade features a three-story glass curtainwall and defines the arrival and entry experience.

Labs in the new building support cell culture fermentation and recovery and include a media prep room, cold room, centrifuge room, and autoclave room. In addition, there is a 3,500-square-foot data center that serves as a backup to Genentech’s main data center in Redwood City. The focal point of the project is a 10,000-square-foot full-service cafeteria that has a two-story ceiling height and is enclosed with a full-height aluminum and glass curtain wall.

Quick Facts

The project was delivered on a fast-track schedule to meet the client’s needs.

Winner, 2007 California Construction Best of the Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project in Northern California.