UCLA Laboratory NIH Oral Cancer Research Center (OCRC)

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UCLA Laboratory NIH Oral Cancer Research Center (OCRC)

UCLA Research Center Paving the Way for the Fight Against Oral Cancer


Architecture & Interiors:
MEP Design Engineers:
Structural Engineers:
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6,650 s.f.
UCLA School of Dentistry
Davidovich & Associates
Englekirk and Sabol
Jacobs Consultancy, Inc.
Novus Construction


    The National Institute of Health (NIH) funded the programming and renovation of the Oral Cancer Research Center (OCRC) located at the University of California Los Angeles. The project required compliance with laboratory specification standards of the NIH and the University. The 6,650 SF OCRC will serve as an integral facility in utilizing the latest scientific methods and support the program’s research in the biology, detection and treatment of oral cancer.


7th floor research space at the UCLA School of Dentistry was renovated for use as the new laboratory. Project improvements consisted of demolition of existing labs, new room partitions and ceilings, central core support facility, chemical fume hoods, tissue-culture support and a dark room. The complete lighting, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire/life safety design improvements were completed by Davidovich and Associates in this state-of-the-art complex.

Photography provided by Vladimir Davidovich:

The project included energy modeling and sustainable design with an energy savings profile of 30% better than T24. The spacious new wet laboratory will also provide the resident principal investigators with a research conference room, break room and more office space to support the OCRC genomics and proteomics progressive research.

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