Clemson University's Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL) is a flexible academic research space designed to serve a variety of high technology laboratories. The project is the cornerstone of Clemson's critical initiative to promote advanced materials research grants and attract top researchers. Working closely with lab planning and vibration consultants, IDCA provided architecture, engineering, and construction administration for the project.
The 111,000 SF building houses laboratories dedicated to nanotechnology, electronic instruments, lasers, and chemistry; as well as clean room space for educational activities and industry research. The support space includes research areas, faculty and student offices, meeting rooms, and a comfortable two-story central lobby. The lobby is designed as a gathering area to promote exchange of ideas between diverse disciplines.
Design considerations included flexible laboratory space, extensive air distribution systems to serve 66 lab hoods, a draw tower for fiber optic research, and a crystal growth facility. The electron microscopy research area required stringent vibration, acoustics, and electromagnetic interference criteria; IDCA's design featured isolated floor slabs, acoustic dampening, and electronic shielding.
The facility is intended to attract top researchers and advance Clemson's goal of becoming a top 20 public engineering school. In addition to the technical elements, the design emphasized aesthetic values, the use of quality construction materials, and sustainability. For its high-performance, sustainable design, AMRL earned LEED® Silver Certification and became the first LEED® certified nanotechnology lab in the United States.