Solano Community College Biotechnology Building

Vacaville, CA

Solano Community College’s four-year biomanufacturing baccalaureate degree is a first for a community college. The new building houses four biotech labs, three chemistry labs, two biology labs, anatomy labs and prep areas. Students obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree will be well prepared for work in the biotechnical industry; the labs are modeled with the latest technology in conjunction with neighboring biotech companies to provide students hands-on experiences to transition easily into the job market. The building has faculty offices, a coffee shop, and nearby student dialogue areas as well as indoor and exterior seating to facilitate a collaborative environment. Glazing was incorporated throughout the building showcasing the lab spaces.  

Quick Facts

  • Size: 33,000 SF
  • Architect: SmithGroup JJR
  • The program prepares graduates to work in the biotechnology industry, develop skills in best manufacturing practices, record maintenance, and compliance with quality assurance procedures and government regulations
  • Construction Cost: $34,000,000
  • Contractor: Rudolph and Sletten / Swinerton Construction Management
  • The building was technically challenging in that it created simulated Biotechnology production suites for hands on work


  • 2018 DBIA National - Award of Merit
  • 2018 Engineering News Record California - Higher Education/Research Project Award

Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography