Madison, Wisconsin

Illumina, a large bio-tech company focused on the analysis of genetic variation and function was seeking a flexible and attractive new building to relocate to at University Research Park in Madison, WI. The design challenge presented was twofold; support the flow of people, research, and manufacturing, within a building equipped for future expansions.

Upon selection, Kahler Slater immediately went to work studying the best building configuration for the 17-acre site. The result is a 133,000 sf, two-story building placed on the north side of the property. This allows for future extension to the south, and utilizes the highest point on the site to maximize views of The Capitol and Downtown.

The exterior and central utility plant of the building blends cost-effective architectural pre-cast concrete, curtain wall, and store front glazing with a playful pattern of vertical mullion caps. In addition, sections of shingled metal panels clad wall areas in the office zones. A central overhang marks the main entry of the building and gives context to the direction of downtown.

The site includes 250 screened parking spaces. Required security is addressed through guard booths, gates, and the use of hedges and berms.