We design and plan for the demanding imaging equipment found in core facilities and specialty laboratories. We have worked nationally and internationally on providing low-vibration and low-EMI spaces for STM (scanning tunneling microscope), TEM (transmission electron microscope), and customized imaging equipment for nanoscale, physical science, and life science research. Key design issues we address include acoustical isolation, EMI shielding, vibration isolation, pumping and utility service rings, temperature and humidity stability, height/access considerations for installation and maintenance, and laminar air supply for limiting turbulence. We provide researchers with approaches and options to both common and extraordinary requirements.
High Performance Imaging/Microscopy Suites experience includes:
- Cornell University • Davis Nanotechnology Lab
- Harvard University • Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering
- Harvard University • Hoffman Fit-Out
- Harvard University • Yacoby Fit-Out
- Harvard University • Greiner Fit-Out
- CIC nanoGUNE • Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center
- Princeton University • Princeton Nanoscale Microscopy Lab
- Trinity College Dublin • Naughton Institute
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill • Institute for Advanced Materials
- University of Pittsburgh • Mid-Campus Renovations
- University College Dublin • Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery
One example, the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) at Harvard University, includes 12 low-vibration imaging rooms located below-grade. The vibration isolation strategies on the project incorporate pneumatic springs, isolation slabs and pits, building isolation joints, and a slurry wall deep foundation system. Additional building design features include: high performance acoustical rooms house the electron microscopes; shielding the microscope rooms, loading dock and electrical distribution infrastructure mitigates electromagnetic interference; the organization of basement spaces isolates noisy service corridor and dedicated utility rooms from the quiet, low vibration microscopy rooms.