UCLA Clinical & Translational Research Center18033 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Design Achievement - Medical staff at the UCLA Clinical & Translational Research Center perform clinical trials in cardiology, endocrinology, maternal/fetal medicine, neurology, oncology, and pediatrics. The facility also features a sleep study center. DLR Group's design challenge was to renovate a former hospital emergency room (ER) into an advanced clinical research lab. Significant programming changes revised the existing maze-like environment into a clear organization of spaces that support a new, patient-focused lab. In response to the vulnerability felt by the patients receiving treatment, the environment for the testing is now inviting, intimate, and reassuring. A renovated exterior courtyard is located directly adjacent to the waiting area. The courtyard has been opened to the interior and floods the space with natural light, providing a much needed sense of the outdoors in the windowless environment. Each exam room is identified by a different accent color and textured wall-covering to assist with wayfinding. Softer colors used throughout the rest of the spaces support patient relaxation. The lab and nurses area are flexible and all lab technician stations are mobile. To provide a welcoming entry, the below-grade parking lot area was redesigned with custom resin panels, signage, and upgraded lighting to create a positive entry experience.
Scope Summary - This renovation project totalled 95,000 SF, including 20,000 SF of dedicated research and patient space and an additional 75,000 SF of parking area. Thoughtful space planning, attention to patient flow and staff work processes, and integration of specialized equipment and technology met the client's vision for functionality and long-term flexibility. To counteract the basement location, clear and simple loop circulation aids wayfinding and hallways were widened. This LEED Gold facility features energy-efficient lab equipment, locally sourced building materials, and sustainable finish materials including low VOC paints, carpets with recycled and post-consumer content, and FSC-approved woods. Ninety-six percent of the equipment is Energy-Star rated and high efficiency fixtures save 36 percent more water than required by building code. DLR Group provided space planning, architecture, and interiors services.