Stanford Bass Biology Research Building
Palo Alto, CA

Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building provides a new home for the biology department. Faculty and students were previously spread out across the campus, but now will all be located in one building to enjoy the benefits of enhanced collaboration. The new building is dedicated solely to research in the life sciences and provides laboratory space for faculty, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The 5-story 133,000 square-foot building is divided into wet labs for hands-on research and computational or “dry” labs. Hybrid research spaces combining both types of labs are also available. The building also includes a Vivarium.


It was our past experience with Stanford’s Delta-V system on previous campus jobs that made Sunbelt Controls a logical choice to help design and execute this unique project. Sunbelt Controls was contracted directly with the general contractor Whiting-Turner.

As part of Stanford’s energy conservation effort, Sunbelt Controls provided HVAC Direct Digital Controls (DDC).

  • Complete schedule duration was nearly three and a half years
  • Heavy coordination throughout the BIM modeling process
  • Provided full laboratory pressure control utilizing Distech Controls
  • BAS integration to air handlers, exhaust system, cold rooms, lighting controls, and additional monitoring/alarming for a variety of lab equipment


Project Team

Owner: Stanford University

Architects: Flad Architects and Ennead Architects

General Contractor: Whiting-Turner

Mechanical Engineer: ACCO Engineered Systems

Controls Contractor:  Sunbelt Controls