(PRWEB) February 8, 2005
A state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot (sf) nanofabrication research and teaching facility is the focal point of the new Engineering-Science Building at the University of California, Santa Barbara, designed by Anshen+Allen Los Angeles (http://www.anshenla.com). This facility, which was dedicated in late 2004, will enable the university faculty and students to design and build the worlds smallest electronic circuits and devices using single atoms and molecules.
The nanofabrication facility also functions as a central clean room facility for the campus, serving other programs such as physics and chemistry in addition to engineering. It has been programmed and designed as a state-of-the-art clean room laboratory for research, teaching, and interaction with other universities and institutions.
The building resolves the conflicting responsibilities to be both a technologically sophisticated research facility with limited public access and an open inviting public building that contributes to the life of the university community, said Dennis McFadden, AIA, design principal at Anshen+Allen. In our view, the building responds fully to both sets of responsibilities and is a strong piece of campus architecture, at home in its context.
The Engineering-Science Building contains approximately 93,000 gross square feet (gsf) of nanofabrication research and teaching facilities, research laboratories, teaching and conference spaces and offices for faculty, staff, post-doctoral students and graduate students. It serves as a multidisciplinary research and teaching facility occupied primarily by facility, staff, and students from electrical and computer engineering.
Celebrating the achievement, Jack Wolever, director of architecture for the facility design and construction department at the University of California, Santa Barbara said, I am extremely pleased and proud of the project that Anshen+Allen Los Angeles designed for us. It is the best of the new buildings on campus.