Sensitive Instrument Facility plans moving forward

The Sensitive Instrument Facility would house
equipment such as this transmission electron

Plans for the new Sensitive Instrument Facility are moving forward with the selection of an architect/engineering design team for the proposed project. The project would be built on a site near the Applied Sciences Complex, although the specific location has yet to be determined due to an ongoing survey of vibration and electro-magnetic interference and negotiations with Iowa State University.

According to Facilities and Engineering Services manager Mark Grootveld, 14 firms submitted proposals in response to the Request for Information. From those submissions, four firms were interviewed, including M+W Group and Sears Gerbo Architecture which were selected as the lead firms in the design team.

Consultants on the team include VitaTech Electromagnetics for electromagnetic interference mitigation, Colin Gordon Associates for vibration and acoustics and Snyder & Associates for civil engineering. The team has extensive experience with high tech laboratory facilities such as nanotechnology facilities and cleanroom facilities. They have designed many facilities that contain sensitive instruments including transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes and focused ion beam instruments. They have completed numerous projects for other DOE Laboratories.

Kickoff meetings were held August 22-23. Two members of the design team visited the Lab to begin the space programming work to establish the space requirements (type and size) needed for the facility. They met with the director, stakeholders and key instrument users to define the space needs for the instruments, support labs and office space. They toured existing instrument rooms and support labs in Wilhelm Hall and Zaffarano Hall and toured the planned construction site at the Applied Science Center.

The final design for the project is scheduled to be completed by February 1, 2013.