1. What does IGB stand for?
Integrative Genomics Building. So don’t call it the IGB building, just IGB.
2. What building number has been assigned to the IGB?
91. And don’t ask why it isn’t next to Building 90. That would be logical.
3. How large is the building?
In gross square feet, 80,800. It has four floors and a great terrace.
4. Is there a pool on the terrace?
No. But let’s start that rumor.
5. For real, what is on the terrace?
Eventually, chairs and tables. The JGI team is also bringing over their world-famous helix sculpture that has been in the courtyard of the Walnut Creek location. It is a unique piece of art that will need many yards of bubble wrap to be safely moved.
6. Is there a view of the bay from the terrace?
Well if you crane your head just so you’ll get a view of…Building 50, not quite the stunning view. The best bay view from the IGB is the third-floor home of the IGB integrated break room.
7. What about solar energy at the IGB?
There is enough solar to light more than a few LED bulbs. There are 300 kilowatts produced by solar panels, enough to provide about 10% of the power needed for the building.
8. Any other sustainability features?
The Lab’s sustainable construction standards were followed in the design and construction. That means the building has features such as low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, all LED lighting, placement of windows to use natural light, and waste diversion bins.
9. How many labs are there in the building?
There are four large labs and 12 specialty labs, with 180 six-foot workbenches and nine fume hoods.
10. Does the building come with parking for vehicles and bikes?
The construction trailers have moved out, and the lot space will eventually be home to two Electric Vehicle charging stations, several ADA compliant spaces, and additional parking spaces. There are nine bike racks that will hold about 20 bikes.
The Lab is making progress on parking and commuting, and you can read more at the Transportation website.
11. We want to bring cookies to the IGB occupants as part of the welcome. When are our new neighbors going to be here?
Start baking. With 300 new neighbors, at two cookies each, we will need at least 50 dozen cookies. The move is staggered over a few weeks, with the first group arriving in September. Chocolate chip preferred.
If you want to welcome our new neighbors, you can sign up to become a Lab Buddy. We will match you in the next few weeks with someone from JGI or KBase so if they have questions like how to get from Building 50 to Building 76 in the fewest possible steps, you can throw out a few suggestions. Bonding over cookies is optional.