The purpose of the Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging at the University of Rochester is to provide a center that brings together research personnel from regional industries, as well as faculty and graduate students of the University of Rochester and other universities. Industry and university research in the Rochester area is intensifying, and the university hopes to attract scientists and engineers with a first-class facility that also feeds local formation of new technology industries.
The program requires flexible and adaptable mechanical and electrical systems to accommodate highly controlled laboratory environments. Because of the sensitive and accurate nature of the research, the structural system is designed to isolate vibration transfer of the interior or exterior origin.
Located on the university’s south campus, the 96,000-square-foot building connects with the existing Laboratory of Laser Energetics, yet has a separate identity with its own distinct entrance. The main interactive areas are the two lounge areas on the first and second floors, where a full glass curtain wall rounds the northeast corner, providing an excellent view and visual link to the main campus.
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