Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center Building

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

The Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center is located on a highly visible, sloping site on the Georgia Tech campus. It is bordered by streets on two sides, an "Eco-Commons" landscape on another, and a new pedestrian path on the fourth side. It is a facility for ultra-clean research and teaching activities ranging from microelectronics and semiconductors to nanotechnology.

The heart of the building is a light-filled central galleria that connects the transparent wing of laboratories, office and conference rooms to a 30,000 square-foot cleanroom block that is wrapped in a copper screen. A wood assembly unfolds up the west wall and onto the ceiling. An LED light beam from the crease between wall and ceiling illuminates the galleria day and night. A skylit steel and glass stairwell is contained with an oval cylinder at the south end of the space.

The three-story cleanroom block is an open plan "ballroom" with large flexible space housing Class 10, Class 100, and Class 1000 cleanrooms , as well as laboratories. It is clad in ribbed, precast concrete panels. Stairwells, chemical storage tanks, heating and ventilation equipment, and air scrubbers arranged outboard of the cleanroom block. The exterior copper screen is perforated to varying degrees to allow different levels of daylight penetration into areas that support the opaque cleanrooms.

Integrated with the campus landscape the Nanotechnology Research Center reflects its program's rigorous technical requirements and forms a compelling place for people.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was the Design Architect of the Marcus Nanotechnology Center and M+W Group was the Executive Architect.


2011 Honor Award for Architectural Excellence
AIA Pennsylvania
2011 Green Good Design Awards
The European Center for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum
2010 Design of Honor Award
Society of American Registered Architects
2010 Design Award, New Construction Category
North American Copper in Architecture Awards
2009 Merit Award for Design
AIA Philadelphia
2009 Special Award for Best Project Management
Southeast Construction Best of 2009 Awards
2008 Silver Citation of Merit, Overall Interior South Region
CISCA Construction Excellence Awards
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