A remarkable example of landmark preservation combined with modern technology, CHORI is
housed in the renovated University High School building at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
in Oakland, California.
|"I've seen a lot of modern labs, but none as beautiful as this one. Every research lab had
special requirements, and the architects and builders went to special care to see we had what
we needed." - Greg Moe, PhD|
The University of California at Berkeley originally built the building in 1923 as a high school, but by the 1980's, it had fallen into
disuse and disrepair. When the building came into CHORI’s care in 1999,
however, it still retained what architects call “good bones” under all its peeling paint
and boarded-up windows.
CHORI architects were able to retrofit state-of-the-art laboratory facilities while simultaneously maintaining
the integrity of the building’s original design. Within its 80,000 square feet
of space, CHORI’s facilities are equipped for biochemistry, hematology,
molecular biology, immunology, mass spectrometry, genetics, genomics, cell
biology research, and microscopy. All essential equipment and facilities are
backed up by emergency power and critical systems such as freezers and incubators
are monitored 24 hours a day.
highest standard of excellence in research facilities, CHORI also honors its historical aesthetics. CHORI’s renovation was recognized with a Governor’s
Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation and the annual Award of Excellence
from the prestigious Woodwork Institute of California.
The result is a unique combination of art and science, history and technology
– a collaborative nexus, like CHORI itself, and an unparalleled environment
in which to conduct the world-class research for which CHORI is known.