The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. The lab houses a second Omega Laser designed to work in concert with an existing Omega Laser. Because of the lasers, alignment was a critical issue in the design of this building. Laser light travels in straight lines; therefore, the building gives physical expression to the linear nature of the science within. The function of the building dictates a massive and mostly windowless space.
The major design challenges for this project included:
The solution to all of these challenges required a 36”-thick concrete mat foundation supporting a 30,000-square-foot building plan.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award, the Construction Specifications Institute Outstanding Project Award, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Rochester Chapter Lighting Design Award.
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