Cupertino Electric's Southern California Division began working on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus’ Warren and Katherine Schlinger Laboratory to build a new, 62,300 square-foot, four-story building over a two-year period. The building is home to a variety of lab types necessary for chemical synthesis, chemical engineering and biochemistry research. In addition to lab spaces, the facility features social and interactive spaces, conference rooms, offices, and quiet work areas to promote collaboration among researchers and chemical scientists.
The Schlinger Laboratory features energy-consciousconstruction elements, including equipment and lighting that reduces energy use by twenty-eight percent (28%) and water use by thirty percent (30%). By using locally-derived and recycled building materials, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows to naturally illuminate lab spaces, the Schlinger Laboratory meets the university's commitment to sustainability.
Cupertino Electric installed wet labs to integrate chemistry, chemical engineering and chemical science with other leading areas of science and engineering research at the university. Design decisions throughout the construction process were focused on providing a pleasant working environment for current faculty, while advancing the Caltech’s recruiting efforts.