Construction of LA BioMed's new research building has topped out at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance

The $63-million facility - scheduled for completion in December of this year - consists of a four-story building with 78,000 square feet of floor area.  Of that space, approximately 18,000 square feet will be set aside for a bioscience incubator housing startup companies.  Construction of the $6-million incubator was provided by Los Angeles County and philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist.

Other uses within the completed facility will include a wet lab for research teams working on new diagnostics and therapeutics, a dry lab for computational biology and medical informatics, a 160-seat lecture hall, conference rooms, a data center, offices and a freezer farm for bio-banking of tissue samples.

ZGF Architects designed the sleek glass and steel structure, which is located at the heart of an 11.5-acre research park - described as Los Angeles County's first biotech hub.

See a fly-through tour of the facility below.

LA BioMed, founded in 1952, is a non-profit medical research organization headquartered in Torrance.


Rendering of the LA BioMed facility by ZGF Architects
Site plan for the LA BioMed campus via L.A. County

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