Life Sciences Lab and Office Complex Is Transformed Into a Modern Campus

Bone White Omega-Lite ACM panels clad the renovated 4-building life sciences lab and office complex.

Bone White Omega-Lite ACM panels clad the renovated 4-building life sciences lab and office complex.

Moda Sorrento is a 4-building life sciences lab and office complex located in the Sorrento Mesa sub-market of central San Diego. Situated on a 6.58-acre lot, Moda Sorrento was transformed into a Class A office campus. All four, single-story buildings feature multiple store-front entrances, loading doors and extensive glass-line.

Moda Sorrento gained new ownership in August 2014, which initiated numerous upgrades. New ownership collaborated with architect Hannah Gabriel Wells, San Diego, Calif., and general contractor Lusardi Construction Co., San Marcos, Calif., who completely transformed the property by improving the exterior façade, landscaping modernization, lobby upgrades and an amenity necklace consisting of an outdoor amenity area that navigates through the buildings with activity and seating areas.

As part of the exterior upgrade, Sylvester Roofing, Escondido, Calif., installed over 11,800-square-feet of Laminators Inc. Omega-Lite AMC panels to all four buildings in the Bone White. Architectural Building Products, Buffalo, N.Y., distributed the Omega-Lite panels. Omega-Lite panels offer a decorative and durable surface finish for exterior wall surfaces. Composed of a polypropylene, corrugated core between two finished aluminum sheets, these panels are non-absorbent and water-resistant. They also maintain a class A fire rating and are NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 285 approved for four of Laminators proprietary installation methods.

Sylvester Roofing installs over 11,800-square-feet of Omega-Lite AMC panels to all four buildings.

Sylvester Roofing installs over 11,800-square-feet of Omega-Lite AMC panels to all four buildings.


Knowing geometry was the focal point of the exterior facade, Wells chose Laminators Clip & Caulk installation system for the Moda Sorrento project. The Clip & Caulk installation system gives you the Rout and Return look without the hassle of prefabricating the panels, reducing the total installed cost. This method is the choice of architects and installers who are looking for a flat look without visible fasteners. Panels can be cut on-site with few peripheral accessories needed for installation.

With its capital improvements and upgrades, the Moda Sorrento 105,748-square-foot property is a renovated masterpiece.

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