MIT.nano, a new nano-materials, structures, and systems facility, was recently awarded the 2019 Lab of the Year by R&D Magazine.
AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) and Abbie Gregg, Inc. (AGI), an AM company, were proud to be a part of the MIT.nano design team that was awarded the 2019 R&D Lab of the Year Award.
During the early stages of the project, AGI contracted directly with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for Feasibility and Programming Design Effort for the entire project to include Clean and Non-Clean Research, PI Labs, and Subfab. AGI was then contracted with Wilson Architects (Architectural Firm of Record), where we continued to conduct Schematic Design.
The Purpose of the MIT.nano Project
The MIT team recognized in 2010 that they needed a new building to support current and future state-of-the-art materials research-related laboratory space. The building needed to include cleanrooms, wet labs, labs, high-bay low vibration space, as well as the addition of the complex infrastructure to support it.
At the time, MIT had individual labs supporting materials research in various locations but was looking for a centralized core facility to allow cutting-edge research. The primary objective of this project was to support MIT in their pursuit of important new research using the latest technology.
Now, with the MIT.nano building, the teams are able to come together using technology that includes MOCVD, MBE, roll-to-roll processing, prototyping, and packaging. The teams will also be able to use next-generation high-resolution imaging spaces for project support.
Scope and Services for the R&D Lab of the Year Project
The scope of the project consisted of:
- 41,000 NSF for 2 floors of cleanrooms with partial Subfab
- ISO Class 5, 6, and 7 cleanroom builds
- 13,200 NSF for PI Cleanrooms to support MOCVD, MBE, Roll-to-Roll, and more
- 18,000 NSF below-grade imaging
- 2,600 NSF for HPM areas with systems serving 3 above-grade floors
The specific services our teams provided to complete the project included:
- Acoustics, EMI, and Vibration Site Survey (AGI)
- Analysis and Site Selection for future facility (AGI)
- Conceptual Programming and Feasibility study for future facility (AGI/AM)
- Programming and Schematic Design (Wilson collaboration)
- Wet Hood Study to reach sustainable goals (AGI)
Each phase of the design included layout and utility matrix development, tool research and HPM analysis, acoustics, EMI and vibration consulting, speciality systems design, gas and chemical analysis, budget review, and value engineering.
AMTS and AGI Proud of Project Completion
The teams from AMTS, AGI, and Wilson Architects logged over 1.5 million hours on-site throughout the duration of the project. We are extremely proud of the hard work that went into completing such a massive and important project for MIT.
“The planning, communication, coordination, and execution from each company and each support team involved in the MIT.nano project was extraordinary,” says Sandeep Davé, AMTS Chief Business Officer. “I want to personally thank the Abbie Gregg, Inc. team, Wilson Architects, and the AM teams for their commitment to completing the project for MIT.”
We are proud of the new MIT.nano facility being recognized as the R&D Magazine Lab of the Year. We look forward to seeing the results of their innovative high-tech research in the new facility.
To learn more about how AMTS and AGI can support your next largescale high-tech construction project, contact us today.