Exact Sciences is a molecular diagnostics company focused on advancing earlier cancer detection and liquid biopsies. The company determined a need for more space after acquiring Biomatrica, a company that develops sample collection tubes. FPBA provided design services to convert an existing office space in Torrey Pines into an R+D center for Exact Sciences.
FPBA leveraged Exact Sciences’ corporate standards to create a serene, sophisticated workplace. A double-volume stairway with a perforated feature wall opens up the space and connects the first and second levels. An open office, collaboration zone, and focus rooms equipped with acoustical products offer diverse spaces for all types of work. Expansive windows provide sunlight and views of the eastern mountains, while geometric lighting supplements the natural daylight. In the labs, mobile casework and overhead utility panels maximize flexibility.
A low floor-to-floor height—in certain areas lower than 8 feet—posed a great challenge to the design team. With laser scanning, BIM coordination, and strategic placement of the warehouse and storage, the team achieved a clean aesthetic with no exposed mechanical ductwork.
FPBA was also challenged with an aggressive timeline. Through stacked phasing, the team was able to complete the project on schedule, delivering a space for Exact Sciences’ employees to thrive.