UMass Amherst

Trace Metals Research Laboratory

Client:

Umass Amherst

Location:

Amherst, MA

All laboratory spaces are unique and highly specific to the techniques, tolerances and preferences of the researchers using the facility. Trace metals laboratories require an additional level of scrutiny for all materials and processes involved in the construction and maintenance of these clean room level facilities. With specific requirements for contamination mitigation and isolation, the trace metals lab is designed to control access and potential contamination from all sources.

This laboratory is designed as a series of clean rooms with increasing clean room ratings. The entry from the corridor is designed with an air lock type function. The first room is the ‘low level’ room for initial work and processing. The ‘high level’ lab is for sample processing and research. The two labs are connected via a doorway for researcher access, and an air lock pass through window box to limit air transfer.

Heavy acids including hydrofluoric acid is in use in the ‘high level’ lab and as a result polypropylene fume hoods, casework and exhaust system with wash-down were specified to stand up to the chemicals.

NIH Interdisciplinary Labs

Client:

UMass Amherst

Location:

Amherst, MA

Size/Cost:

15,000sf/$12.3mil


This NIH Labs project is UMass Amherst’s interdisciplinary bio-chemistry research facility located on three floors of the Lederle Graduate Research Center high rise building. The 15,000sf facility is designed to be flexible, allowing the facility to evolve with changes in interdisciplinary research demands. The facility sues flexible furniture and adaptable services to support a variety of different uses and arrangements.

The project fully renovated three floors of the high rise with a focus on sustainable laboratory design practices. Building systems were modernized adding an energy recovery system and high efficiency HVAC systems.

The laboratory spaces are visually connected to write up and support spaces. Glass partitions are used to contain high demand HVAC areas from low demand areas such as write up while maintaining visual connection.

The projects provides UMass Amherst world class, modern, energy efficient, research facilities maintaining their leadership role in the field.