Harvard’s new Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (LISE) is a state-of-the-art nanotechnology research facility. The building contains a number of vibration sensitive laboratories, a Class 10 cleanroom, and ten ultra-low vibration laboratories. Acentech provided a range of services for this project, including architectural acoustics, mechanical system noise and vibration control, and structural dynamics (footfall-induced vibrations). We also provided specific structural dynamics analysis related to the loading dock and material transport corridors, particularly as they might affect the vibration environment in the cleanroom.

One of the unique aspects of the design was a series of ten rooms in the basement designed for ultra-low vibration environments. The rooms were designed with double concrete block walls for sound isolation, and each room contained a massive inertia block that could be utilized by the researchers if needed. At present there is no need for the blocks to be fitted with vibration isolation systems, but this capability has been included in the design in the event that it is needed in the future.

Subsequent to base building completion, Acentech was involved in the fit-out of user-specific labs. This included the design of the audiovisual systems for conference rooms which include presentation systems and audio conferencing capabilities.

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