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The Edie & Lew Wasserman Building is a six-level, 112,000-square-foot building on UCLA’s main Westwood campus. The facility for the Jules Stein Eye Institute is designed to promote vital research and revolutionize the treatment of patients with eye diseases. The lower level and a portion of the plaza level are designed to OSHPD 3 standards to accommodate six operating rooms as well as facilities for oculoplastics and cataract and refractive surgery, a medical gas tank farm, procedure rooms, and a pharmacy with nurse call and security systems. The balance of the building comprises clinics, procedure rooms, diagnostic rooms, private offices, and support spaces such as a surgical training laboratory, 70-seat IMAX-style conference center, and telemedicine suite.
The building is constructed of architectural concrete shear walls with structural steel framing, and its exterior façade features expansive curtain walls and delicate terracotta panels and “baguettes” (louver system). The project earned LEED Gold Certification through its exceptional energy efficiency and its thoughtful use of materials.
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Richard Meier & Partners Architects