BioCom invited BAM Principal Brian Spence, our client TCRCure Biopharma, and other industry leaders to explore the ins and outs of facilities management in biotech.
To effectively examine this topic with valuable takeaways, Brian provided an in-depth case study of BAM’s work on HATCHspaces, recently featured in Dwell.
A collaboration between Agora Partners and ASG Real Estate, the creators of HATCHspaces describes their partnership as “a real estate company built around the needs of life sciences – not the other way around.” The mission of HATCHspaces is to provide “meticulously curated creative spaces for life sciences,” and BAM is helping to make this dream a reality across four projects – HATCHx accelerator, HATCHlabs, HATCH CMO and HATCHcampus. These four sites allow Los Angeles to cultivate science and research from start up and incubator through their growth to an established biotech company.
HATCHspaces is a breakthrough in life science facility design by creating a multi-tenant building to support the broadest range of science in the most efficient way possible. Following a few design iterations, the ideal arrangement involved maintaining the single-story warehouse framework. As the client preferred the industrial aesthetic as a nod to the building’s past as a 1930s furniture manufacturing warehouse, BAM had the creative freedom to highlight and restore the historic construction techniques and materials. Though we preserved the building origins, supporting current research required more power. With consideration of how to best support modern scientists, our team upgraded the electrical service with new transformers, and reframed the roof to support HVAC equipment and generators. Preserving the critical research under a variety of circumstances, the new electrical support ensures standby power. If the primary power should fail, a secondary source will turn on, saving the research of ongoing experiments for potentially life-saving treatments.
Providing this technical infrastructure, each new tenant only requires basic improvements to casework, benches, walls, and ceilings to customize the space to suit their specific research and culture. This arrangement expedites the plan check process, which results in prompt project completion and allows scientists to conduct or continue their research without significant delay. At the opening reception for HATCHspaces, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office presented a certificate recognizing HATCH as “the City’s first biotech wet lab co-working facility, introducing a new innovative adaptive reuse model for expanding wet lab space dedicated to research, development and commercialization of novel technologies and therapeutics.”
To learn more about this exciting life science space, check out HATCHspaces’ feature in Dwell and see the gallery below.
Los Angeles Union Station is the largest passenger railroad terminal in the Western United States. Conceived on a grand scale, it has long withstood the tests of time and natural disasters. In 1980, it joined the ranks of other great architectural wonders on the National Register of Historic Places.
To preserve Union Station for the future, BAM was awarded the unique opportunity to upgrade the iconic Los Angeles transportation hub. Collaborating with the team at Morlin Management and Union Station, BAM is passionate about restoring the beauty of the station and modernizing it to open an entirely new market for Union Station to serve as an inspired venue for corporate events, weddings and other milestone celebrations.
Congratulations Union Station on this diamond anniversary!
A continued, vibrant presence in Los Angeles, Union Station is celebrating on May 3rd and 4th with station tours, live concerts and DJs, a unique marketplace, and many more activities, showing how the station continues to be a vital part of the community. For more information on Union Station 80th anniversary events, click here.
Ross Cole, Principal of BAM Architecture Studio, served as a featured panelist for the New York Build 2019 conference on the topic Disruptive Technology – How is the Industry Adapting?
One of the greatest successes at BAM is that we encourage people to play with technology. It’s the most likely way to find the magic and get reluctant people to adopt. Right now, we’re playing with VR and Augmented Reality to see how it may be more intuitive in the design process. For us, this means figuring out how to make VR look like an early sketch instead of a finished project – as the successful finished project takes many hours, weeks, and months to become a beautifully built space.
At BAM, weaving the varied passions and talents of our team into our daily practices has led to success not only with our clients, but also our culture. Our technology leaders are architectural and interior designers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tools available to enhance the design process. Each technology leader focuses on three key objectives:
Search for and evaluate new technology
Determine why BAM should consider the technology, and how it will improve our design work flow and project delivery both internally and for our clients
If BAM adopts it, be a champion to promote and educate BAMMERs about the technology for consistent company-wide use
In addressing technology externally, BAM seeks consultants, contractors and vendors who are also technology adapters. For BAM, it fosters smooth collaboration and a more efficient process when all firms are able to “speak the same language” while designing and building.
As BAM builds our technology toolbox, our technology leaders look for tools, equipment, and programs that are likely to be widely adopted rather than momentarily popular or new to the market with an unsure longevity. This doesn’t mean our team lags behind – it means the BAM team is consistently aware of programs and trends, and looks for clues to see if a given technology is embraced by a critical mass of the world to stay in existence.
Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu, Emeritus Archbishop
BAM’s goal is to contribute to making the world a better place through the power of design, and we are proud to celebrate the completion of the new Teen Center at Yale New Haven Health. The new center is the resulting collaboration between Yale New Haven Health, The Who’s charity Teen Cancer America and Lauren Telesz, a cancer survivor whose passion raised a majority of the project’s funding. The funding was supplemented by a long-term donor to Yale.
An exciting expansion at Yale New Haven Health, this center focuses on the needs of a unique and often overlooked demographic – teenage cancer patients. At its core, the Lauren Telesz Smilow Teen Center is a place for hospital bound teens and young adults to go to do what people that age want to do… socialize, explore, imagine, and grow.
Everyone at BAM is proud to be part of the team involved to make this dream a reality.
Teen Cancer America features the opening on their website, here.
We welcome you to
view the gallery below, which features photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony
and additional photos of the space.
Collaborating with St. Vincent’s Medical Center, BAM designed a high-end hybrid operating room for their Bridgeport hospital. Marrying hospitality with hard science resulted in the patient entering into an EP lab outfitted with relaxing, spa-level amenities. Upon discovering that surgery is needed, the space is instantly transformed into a sterile operating room.
The capacity to examine and perform surgery in one room resulted in reduced patient stress, the ability for doctors to provide more efficient treatment, and the hospital to gain higher patient throughput and profitability. A win-win-win for all parties involved.
Northwell Health LIJ Forest Hills held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completed renovation and expansion of Obstetrics and Labor & Delivery, now known as New Life Center. BAM was recognized during the ribbon cutting remarks, and the design is praised for its welcoming atmosphere and the bright, natural light that spills through the space. The expansion of the OB/GYN department reinforces the unified goals of Northwell Health and LIJ Forest Hills to focus on patient wellness through caring, comforting environments and the best in medical care.
See below for photos of the completed space and ribbon cutting reception!
BAM’s landmark project has also caught the attention of respected industry organizations, such as the Los Angeles chapter of the Urban Land Institute. As one of the key sites on the sold-out ULI Fall Meeting tour Adaptive Use: Obsolete Industrial to New Economy, HATCH is a prime example of how revitalizing spaces bring new life and industry to a community.
In addition to the Fall Meeting, ULI’s magazine Urbanland highlights the influence of HATCH in the article Building a Bioscience Cluster in East Los Angeles. Co-written by Fiona Lyons of Agora Partners and Tulsi Patel of ELP Advisors and LA Bioscience Hub, the article delves into how HATCH is fostering a local culture of life sciences.
Agora Partners and ASG Real Estate engaged BAM to lead the adaptive reuse of an old line industrial property into the state-of-the-art HATCH Bioscience Facility. Our team is giving special consideration to the market repositioning of the property, combining the varied elements of renovation, ground-up work and technical conversion of the factory and warehouse into a practical and visually exciting space to attract leading scientists and researchers. Currently in progress, HATCH has been highlighted in the news and throughout A/E/C and biotech circles for its community-focused goal of providing the resources for biotech startups to hatch and grow in Los Angeles.