Great Glazing: Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

The basics: The new $104 million Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine is a 144,000-square-foot facility and laboratory for stem cell research built adjacent to the University of California at San Diego campus in Torrey Pines, Calif. The facility features innovative architectural elements and mechanical systems designed to drive collaboration and scientific productivity, and also improve the building's functional and operating economy, according to a Custom Components release. The SCRM facility features extensive glass railings, and incorporates design features such as horizontally and vertically open laboratories, and strategically placed informal and formal meeting and education spaces.

The players: Architect, Lankford and Associates; general contractor, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; railing system supplier, installer, Custom Components; glass fabricator, Glasswerks.

The glass and systems: Custom-designed 700 Series railing, with ½-inch clear tempered glass, stainless steel components and extensive stainless steel cladding systems.