North view from Kleiber Hall
The awkwardly titled Sciences Laboratory Building (SCILAB) is actually a pair of buildings identical in architecture to the Life Sciences Building, sandwiched between Briggs and Haring on the central UC Davis campus.
The main Sciences Laboratory Building, on the east, houses many biological science departments, as well as the Chemistry 2 series labs. The smaller building to the west is 123 Sciences Lecture Hall, a giant lecture hall on the same scale as 194 Chemistry.
The Sciences Laboratory Building is the most modern sciences teaching facility in California since its 2004 opening in the campus’ Life Sciences District near the Life Sciences Addition and Briggs and Storer halls. In addition to laboratory classrooms, the project includes student discussion rooms, learning centers, offices and a computer laboratory. An adjacent 511-seat lecture hall is the largest of its kind on campus.
Most funding for the $57 million project came from a voter-approved state bond. A Division of Biological Sciences fund-raising campaign attempted to raise more than $10 million to fund instructional enhancements not covered by state funding, including new facilities for the UC Davis Herbarium, office space for Undergraduate Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs, and a computer laboratory that will be devoted to training in bioinformatics." SOURCE
The very first lecture in 123 Sciences Lecture Hall was Winter Quarter 2004 at 8:00am with Jay Helms teaching Econ 1. Some people came and said a few words to the effect of, "...this has been a long time in the making...(confused applause)"
Status Winter Quarter 2005
Some minor touch-ups are still ongoing, but it's done and people are using it. Stuff below this line may eventually be added to Sciences Laboratory Buildings:Construction or Construction:Sciences Laboratory Buildings, or something like that.
Sciences Laboratory Buildings:Construction sounds cool.
This construction area is now sufficiently complete that students can bike/walk through it, and touch the buildings with their bare hands if they so desire.
The building seems to be nearly done at this point. The main area had lights on in it and looked as if it was being used. The lecture hall looked nearly completed, with only a bit of landscaping to be finished.
Not pictured: The 500-student lecture hall. Look at the concept art and imagine a couple piles of dirt around it. Dirt and heavy machinery.