Illumina’s newest campus in Foster City has a feature many traditional life science buildings do not have: collaborative work and lab spaces.
The Foster City campus, which officially opened April 2, incorporates collaborative work environments from its 40K SF amenity building to its outdoor areas and two 151K SF office and R&D buildings.
“Everything we do is collaboration,” Illumina Chief Information Officer and Head of Global Facilities Norm Fjeldheim said during a tour of the campus.
Fjeldheim said the campus, which was developed by BioMed Realty, is meant to have a collegiate feel, which was part of its acquisition strategy to garner recent Ph.D.s. The campus interior was designed by Perkins+Will, while the exterior and campus was designed by HOK. The buildings are a mix of office and lab space, which is on the exterior of the building and has plenty of natural light.
A typical lab space inside Illumina’s campus has a mix of flex space and areas for sequencers and various equipment to process data. The lab spaces have significant natural light and views of the surrounding Bay Area.
Fjeldheim said the company made a conscious decision to bring light into lab space to make employees not feel so closed in. Lab space is typically includ ed in the first through third floors while the fourth floor is completely office.