Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Unbuilt Design Award Submission

Regarded as a leading health safety organization, the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a facility of international stature committed to disease control and medical research. During a biological disaster, the CDC would also serve as the national command center.

Situated in a newly developed biotechnology park, a challenge was developing a 500,000SF program for a command center, administrative areas, research laboratories and 450 parking spaces on a compact five-acre site. The solution has parking below grade with laboratory buildings vertically and compactly stacked. The vertical organization also accommodates bio-safety and bio-containment issues where laboratory floors are layered from low to high hazard levels.

The architecture reflects a high-tech community exhibiting sustainable strategies. The exterior utilizes a high performance façade of glazing and aluminum. Green roof technologies and adjustable sunshades reduce energy consumption. Skylights over an atrium lobby utilize photovoltaic panels providing 30% of the administration building’s electrical load. Additionally, two research buildings are oriented to optimize solar opportunities and a third is planned to accommodate future needs.

The design supports the nation’s commitment to 21st century medical research. Consideration was taken to understand not only the objective of the facility, but also the people it would serve.

Harley Ellis Devereaux & Fei & Cheng Associates (joint venture)
Hsinchu, Taiwan