Hibser Yamauchi Architects, Inc.


Genentech/South San Francisco USD


South San Francisco, CA

South San Francisco High School Science Garage

Genentech developed a partnership with the South San Francisco Unified School District to design a biotechnology curriculum for secondary education to be used to teach district high school students. As part of this program, Genentech Foundation developed a new building – a “Science Garage” – on the South San Francisco High School campus to teach biology, chemistry, and biotech to equip students for STEM careers. The new 8,000 SF building serves up to 36 high school students and teachers per class period.

The building features flexibility in the teaching environment and reference to the start-up culture. A large garage door enables two adjoined spaces to be divided or serve as one large customizable teaching space. The building includes human-centric lighting, a state-of-the-art biomanufacturing and plant tissue room, individual study rooms, and integrated learning opportunities, such as DNA double-helix-inspired tile design.

Completed three months ahead of schedule, the complex project exceeds California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards.