Caltech Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Project Description The 62,300 square-foot building features six faculty offices within two faculty suites, office space for over 100 postdoctoral and graduate students, classrooms, faculty conference rooms, multiple interactive lounge areas, and a central recycling room.  The laboratory accommodates research groups in synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering. This project was a complete build-out of a new research laboratory with cleanroom, lab fume hoods, controls and process gases.

Environmental The Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering features a “green,” eco-conscious design, furthering Caltech’s campus-wide sustainable commitment.  The Schlinger Laboratory contains energy-conscious equipment and lighting, for a 28% reduction in energy usage and an impressive 30% reduction in water usage. The building earned a LEED Gold certification.

Project Type Plans and Specifications


General Contractor          
Hathaway Dinwiddle

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Contract Amount              
$1.5 million 

March 2010

Unique Features  
Research areas were custom designed to meet the distinct specifications of the resident professors. The laboratory also offers an abundance of ventilated chemical fume hoods, providing a high ratio of workstations per student or researcher.

2011 Design Award
Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) 
2011 Community Impact Award
Los Angeles Business Council
2010 Honor Award
AIA Pittsburgh