BioLegend Campus

San Diego, California


44,000 SF (Existing) Administration Building; 135,000 SF (New Construction) Laboratory Building and 220,000 SF New Parking Structure

BioLegend envisioned a campus-like environment that would foster a sense of collaboration and dedication to the biotech company’s mission to enable Legendary Discovery. They also wanted to build a sense of community, with uniquely positioned indoor and outdoor amenities worthy of attracting and retaining the best talent.

The 8-acre campus design includes a complete overhaul of three out of four older buildings along Terman Court. One demolished building was replaced by the main campus building with an iconic 70-foot tall atrium as its focal point. From the atrium, BioLegend employees access the upper floor labs, offices, break rooms and conference rooms. Delawie applied its understanding of the client’s process and workflow to form a building program that ultimately marries functional, flexible, and efficient lab space with inter-departmental collaboration. The placement of departments is deliberate and allows for productive workspaces –both creative office and private rooms for focused work.

A pedestrian bridge connects the atrium to the refurbished administrative and amenity building. The most sought after amenities, determined by their staff, include a fitness center with locker rooms, a kitchen, wellness bar, yoga rooms, game room, and other amenity spaces that will encourage more collaboration and relaxation in between work week demands. The 250,000 square feet of outdoor amenities is key to employee satisfaction, providing a place to relax or informally meet outside.

Forward thinking sustainable strategies were introduced, including copious amounts of natural lighting through large windows and the atrium structure. An expansive green roof visually masks the presence of a 500-person multi-purpose room built off of the main building.

A new seven-story, 700-space parking garage is tucked behind the new main building. The garage supports an extensive photovoltaic system and will provide electric car charging stations.

The landscape architectural details, designed by Schmidt Design Group, include green roofs and drought-resistant, native species. The green roofs filter and clean rainwater while insulating the roof from the sun’s heat. In addition, this campus is stormwater-savvy and captures and treats all on-site water.

San Diego Architectural Foundation | Orchid for Architecture, 2020
San Diego Business Journal | Commercial Real Estate Awards, Award of Excellence, 2020
Structural Engineers Association of San Diego | People’s Choice Award, 2020
Engineering News Record (ENR) California | Best Manufacturing Project, 2019