Naval Research Laboratory


MCA provided full A-E design services for the demolition and reconstruction of Building A69 at the Naval Research Laboratory to house materials testing facilities including a Glass Fiber Draw Tower Lab, an Ion Beam Accelerator Lab, a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Lab, and a Materials Synthesis / Mechanical Testing High Bay space. Additional new building elements include high bay areas, a second floor for the Draw Tower Lab, fume hoods, and overhead coiling doors with loading docks. Also, the Draw Tower Lab, Accelerator Lab, and TEM Lab are designed for future conversion into clean rooms.

Project Highlights

  • Research building reconstructed on existing foundations with all new bearing walls, roof, and floor systems.
  • Accommodation of a wide array of equipment required extensive provisions for vibration isolation.
  • Sustainable design features included a vegetative roof and photovoltaic solar panels incorporated as bid options
  • Glass Fiber Draw Tower Lab
  • Ion Beam Accelerator Lab
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Lab
  • Materials Synthesis / Mechanical Testing High Bay Lab
  • Designed to accommodate future conversion to clean rooms

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Federal Government | Science + Research

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Architecture | Interior Design | Facilities Solutions | Planning + Programming | Sustainability

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