Supercomputer Center Expansion

University of California, San Diego, California, USA

Working together to advance science

The latest addition to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on University of California, San Diego's picturesque La Jolla campus creates a highly collaborative environment for researchers who use cutting edge computer technology to advance the sciences.

The EHDD design team conducted a series of meetings with representatives from the various departments to understand their structure and personality as an institution, how their current building reinforced or hindered their operation, and set goals for the expansion that would enhance their projected growth and development as a national leader in their field.

To promote interaction among researchers, the design team broke each wing of the building into two halves, which share a core of common spaces (bathrooms, kitchen, copy center). Each “research neighborhood” has its own labs, meeting rooms, and associated open office space in the center. However, double-height "interaction spaces" throughout the building interconnect two floors and feature ample daylight, views and soft seating. These casual, unassigned meeting spaces attract researchers out of their clusters, increase chances of interaction and mingling, and reinforce the team-based culture of the center.

The building is designed with a high-performance skin, naturally ventilated offices, daylighting, sunshading, and high-efficiency mechanical systems. These sustainable strategies help it reduce energy use by 60%, achieve a LEED Silver rating and provide a healthy, collaborative environment for this world-class institution. 


Size : 81,000 sq. ft.

2005 Best Practice Award (for innovative heating, ventilation and air condition design),

Higher Education Energy Partnership




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193