Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

Plant provided GC services for the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley by creating research facility space and seismically rejuvenating the 47-year-old University Art Museum. The project scope included construction of a full-service life science incubator which included private labs for enterprises desiring more dedicated space, and wet and dry open lab benches for faculty and student researchers. Work also included a single-story, glass-enclosed addition, which adds 6,600 SF of office space to support the research function. Plant self-performed exterior building preservation, fencing, and grouting, which was painstakingly installed to a high level of architectural detail. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.


Within the 40,000 SF incubator is the provision of extensive equipment and laboratory space so that teams can test, develop, and grow their game-changing ideas. Fledgling ventures can lease as little as a single lab bench or half of a freezer shelf, while larger companies can access state-of-the-art equipment for the fields of therapeutics, diagnostics, research tools, agriculture and food tech, and more.

Berkeley, CA
96,850 SF
UC Berkeley Capital Projects
Design Team
MBH Architects
California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award (2022)
Metamorphosis Award - Historic (Retrofit Magazine, 2022)
Bruce Damonte
Cris Gebhardt Photography