Brookhaven National Laboratory Completes Major Renovation

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Brookhaven National Laboratory completes Phase I of a major renovation to science laboratories in an effort to modernize their existing research facilities, including materials science and fuel testing laboratories.

Brookhaven National Laboratory has concluded the first phase of an ongoing effort to modernize their existing research facilities, including materials science and fuel testing laboratories, with the completion of renovations to Buildings 480 and 815. In order to align the facilities with world-class scientific research, Flad Architects was retained to transform the spaces into modern, efficient laboratories.

The research performed in these laboratories supports cutting-edge investigations into some of the most important questions facing the Department of Energy today. This encompasses several of the most promising areas of renewable energy science, including photovoltaic cells, wind energy, and biofuels. In addition, materials science researchers are investigating ultra sensitive trace technologies to provide portable and durable instrumentation to detect hazardous and potentially dangerous materials.

In pursuit of these goals, Flad designed condensed matter physics and materials science labs to develop and integrate the knowledge and tools of chemistry and physics with the principles of engineering, allowing researchers to better understand and optimize the behavior of materials. These facilities enable researchers to create innovative new and improved materials that are viable and affordable for use in efficient energy production and transmission.

In all, the project updated 27,500 square feet of laboratory, office, and common space within the two buildings, establishing a new, modern “front door” to the facility and reflecting the top-tier research performed on the Brookhaven National Laboratory campus.

About Brookhaven National Laboratory
For more than 60 years, Brookhaven National Laboratory has been one of the nation’s — and the world’s — leading research institutions. Much of the lab’s effort is directed at the study of the basic nature of matter, including subatomic particles and the structure of the atom. Seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries have been made at Brookhaven, and each year, some 5,000 visiting researchers from universities, industry, and other labs worldwide take advantage of BNL’s unique facilities.

About Flad Architects
Flad Architects ( specializes in the planning and design of innovative facilities for healthcare, higher education, and science and technology clients. With offices across the United States, Flad is a nationally recognized leader in serving the complex needs of knowledge-based organizations.


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