Chen Neuroscience Research Building

About the Project

The new Caltech Chen Neuroscience Research Building is a $193 million, 144,780 SF, five-story building (two-stories below and three above ground). The state-of-the-art research facility will serve as Caltech’s new administrative and knowledge center for the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering. Funded by a $115 million donation by Chinese billionaires Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Lou, the neuroscience institute will investigate the challenges in understanding how the brain works, focusing on the discovery, treatment and development of the brain.


The design-build project includes neuroscience research laboratories and support spaces, tunnel connections, mechanical equipment, 150-seat lecture hall, conference room, a teaching lab, research administration, and offices. Construction began in May 2018. The project was completed on schedule and on budget in October 2020. During the 30-month construction, the project team excavated 67,000 cubic yards of dirt, installed 2,100 steel beams and 16,200 pounds of copper were installed on the building façade.


Design-build project delivery in collaboration with design partner, SmithGroup.

Quick Facts

  • Location Pasadena, CA
  • Client California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Architect SmithGroup
  • Industry Science + Technology
  • Line of Business Construction
  • Completion Date October 2020
  • Duration 30 Months
  • Contract Value $ 193,046,856
  • Sustainability Gold (pending)
  • Square Footage 144,780 SF

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