“The Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement will bring together researchers from across the Caltech campus — astronomers, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, physicists — united by their passion to understand the inner workings of nature,” said Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum. “In state-of-the-art laboratories and open, interactive spaces, they will develop powerful new quantum devices and educate the next generation of leaders in quantum science and technology.”
The four-story building will include research offices, meeting rooms, and collaboration zones with laboratories located on the basement level to control for noise and vibration.
HOK’s preliminary design features a transparent facade inflected inward on its south and west sides to suggest a prism or the bending of spacetime, an allusion to research that will take place in the building. The building’s street-facing south side will feature collaboration areas with offices in quieter sections of the interior.
Parts of the ground floor will be recessed to give space to lush plantings and outdoor mingling areas. Glass panel doors and a breezeway, connecting to an adjacent seminar room, will enable indoor-outdoor flow.
Funding for the building came from Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, an anonymous gift, and a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. The building is targeting LEED Gold certification for sustainable design. It will stand adjacent to the Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics near the primary southern entry to the campus.