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J. Craig Venter Institute Breaks Ground on La Jolla, California's First True Sustainable Laboratory Facility
Date:9/20/2011

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomics research institute, today held an official groundbreaking ceremony for their new California facility. The JCVI building, designed by ZGF Architects, will be a state-of-the-art, "ultra-green" 45,000 square foot, highly adaptable, wet laboratory and computational laboratory building on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. The building, slated to be completed in 2013, will support 125 scientists and staff.

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"We are thrilled to be embarking on this new building project here on the campus of UCSD. The building is a unique design that will meld the environmental philosophies of our genomics research with the sustainability goals that I believe must be part of all of our lives," said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., founder and president, JCVI. "I am also excited to be back on the UCSD campus, my alma mater, to partake in the rich academic research and clinical environment here. We look forward to continued and strengthened collaborations with all here at UCSD and in the greater San Diego research and biotech community."

In addition to JCVI president and founder, J. Craig Venter, speakers at the event included: Marye Anne Fox, UCSD Chancellor; San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; David Brenner, M.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine; and Tony Haymet, Ph.D., Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at University of California.

Important features of the new JCVI building include:

  • One of the first, if not the first, true "net-zero energy" biological research laboratories in the world, generating 100% of its power on site (sola
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