The Center for Microelectronics and Computer Engineering is a 56,000-square-foot facility located on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. It is the first such center nationwide to provide laboratory instruction and manufacture of microchips at the undergraduate level. Built at a cost of only $102.00 per square foot, the building effectively houses the schools of Computer Engineering and Microelectronic Engineering. A central atrium provides a common meeting space for faculty and students from both schools.
The building's specialized nature demands a multiplicity of special functions. Such features include piping systems for acid waste, house vacuum, process vacuum, deionized water, compressed air and volatile gases. In order to accommodate the fabrication of microelectronic circuits, the clean room portion is structurally isolated to provide a vibration-free environment. With the understanding that the process requirements will change, structure, equipment space and access are designed to allow upgrading of clean rooms to higher classifications.
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