Innovative academic research building by Wilson HGA establishes new global standards for cleanroom lab design and nanoscale research at MIT.
MIT.nano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge has won the international 2019 Lab of the Year Award for excellence in research lab design, planning, and construction.
Designed by Wilson HGA, MIT.nano is one of the largest and most advanced research buildings built on the MIT campus. The 216,000 square-foot building combines the Institute’s nanotechnology, materials, and engineering systems under a single roof to maximize collaboration and support cutting-edge nanoscale research that addresses global challenges in health, energy, computing, and more. The program includes class 100 and 1,000 cleanrooms, imaging suites, makerspace, and chemistry teaching laboratories.
Throughout, the world-class research spaces enhance the work of dozens of academic groups from various disciplines. For instance, the core imaging facility contains some of the most precise microscopes requiring very low vibration, acoustic, and electromagnetic interference. The chemistry teaching cluster offers a unique program for undergraduates, developed to provide a strong educational foundation in experimental chemistry to all students. And the makerspace ties into MIT’s campus-wide network of makerspaces serving different departments and disciplines.
About Lab of the Year
The 53rd annual Lab of the Year Awards program honors the best new and renovated laboratories representing a range of lab types international, including research, quality assurance/control, teaching, software development, environmental, clinical, energy, forensic and testing and standards.
The awards jurors included a panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers and editors of R&D Magazine, Laboratory Design, and Laboratory Equipment. The Lab of the Year Awards program is sponsored by R&D Magazine, Laboratory Design, and Laboratory Equipment of Advantage Business Marketing.
The awards were announced at the 2019 Lab Design Conference in Orlando, Florida, May April 29 – May 1, 2019.
For more information, visit R&D Magazine.
Wilson HGA team members accepting the award