Client: Arizona State University Location: Tempe, Arizona Size: $ 2,000,0000 Date: 2007 Services: Mechanical, Plumbing
“Designing and constructing a cleanroom in the middle of an existing 5-story building is challenging, but it is possible.”
“We know that the success of any project depends on the knowledge and skills of the team members involved.”
About the Project
Arizona State University Posner Laser Optics Laboratories and Micro Fabrication Cleanroom project was designed and constructed in an existing 5-story building. It was not the most conducive location for a clean room; however, it was the location available at the time of the project. We were to utilize four small, separate spaces and repurpose them into the Micro Fabrication Lab and the adjoining Cell Culture Lab, two Laser Optics Labs and a general Research Lab area. The Fabrication Lab is a class 10,000 cleanroom that includes three exhaust hoods in the lab. Most cleanrooms are positive pressure to ensure against particulate migration. This cleanroom grade lab is negative pressure due to the chemicals the research students use to construct and conduct experiments.
The Optics Labs and the general Research Lab areas are positive pressure. The Cell Culture Lab is a negative pressure environment that is 100% exhausted to the outdoors. Each of these rooms have requirements for nitrogen, vacuum and compressed air in each of the lab hoods and it is also required that pure water systems be available at all bench top locations.