MBC BioLabs


Dewey Land Company


Geotechnical Engineering Materials Testing & Inspection Environmental Consultation


San Carlos, California

Project Overview

The MBC BioLabs projects are life science incubator lab spaces in the entrepreneurial Innovation District in San Carlos.

The first project at 930 Brittan involved rehabilitation and combining three existing warehouses into a single laboratory facility, including a three-story addition. The overall design is a modern take on traditional laboratory environments and combines durable, functional materials with a warm, inviting space to meet varied needs. Gross area includes 12,170 square feet of laboratory space and 14,125 feet of office space. Rooftop solar panels assist with offsetting the high energy pull of laboratory equipment – and upon completion of the adjacent building, MBC BioLabs will introduce a Bloom Energy Box to form a micro-grid to generate electricity.

The second building at 1030 Brittan will be a three story lab facility encompassing 96,175 square feet.

Engeo's Role

By integrating geotechnical and environmental design and construction services, our team supported sequencing of the below ground construction activities to minimize long-term risks of the site’s shallow groundwater and hazardous materials. Design and construction challenges include shallow groundwater, high seismicity, susceptibility to liquefaction, and compressible soil. Environmental mitigation design by ENGEO to address vapor intrusion concerns is currently being implemented.

Challenges and Solutions

We provided alternative foundation solutions and helped the project team select the most cost effective approach. During construction, our field representatives were onsite to be able to proactively provide practical solutions to troubleshoot construction challenges that arose in the field. Our contribution led to the project completing ahead of schedule.


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