San Diego university - Center for Novel Therapeutics



The University of California, San Diego is one of the top 15 research universities in the world. Situated on the Western edge of the University’s Science Research Park, the new Center for Novel Therapeutics seeks to support the successful formation, funding, and growth of private biotech companies.


This University is bringing the pharmaceutical industry onto its campus, giving entrepreneurs and corporations more access to the university’s market-worthy research and advancing public-private collaboration.


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Energy cost

Reduction in HVAC energy demands

internal Rate of Return

<1 year 



  • superficieTotal Area - 126 M2
  • electricidad generadaElectricity generated in 35 years  - 193,531 kWh
  • puntos de luzTotal lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 380 lighting points
  • emisiones CO2 evitadasCO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 130 Tons of CO2
  • barriles petroleo ahorradosBarrels of oil saved in 35 years - 114 barrels per m2



The new building, spanning 110,000 square meters is aimed mainly at start-ups engaged in research and development of therapeutics, diagnostics, and interventions with a focus on cancer.


Located at the heart of the building, a photovoltaic skylight greets visitors to the park and serves as a central collaboration space with views.


The skylight consists of amorphous silicon PV glass based on a medium degree of transparency. In addition to providing on-site power, they also provide natural light, ultraviolet, and infrared radiation filters, and permanent protection against weather conditions.




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As a showcase of sustainability, the skylight will serve as the central lung for the building – filtering air and daylight into the adjacent offices/meeting areas through Onyx Solar PV glass in the skylight areas.






The architects responsible for the design of this building was Perkins + Will. The building achieved LEED Gold and we are proud to have our glass contribute towards this goal.



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