Mechanical Engineering’s new Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering has been recognized with the 2016 AIA Michigan Building Award. The honor is part of AIA Michigan’s Annual Awards Program, which is meant to encourage and promote excellence in architecture. This particular Building Award is presented as a means to recognize individual accomplishments as well as bring to public attention outstanding examples of architectural services rendered by Michigan firms.
The architectural firms Perkins + Will and IDS (Integrated Design Solutions) worked closely on the GGB renovation.
“Perkins + Will is honored to be recognized, with our partner IDS, for the design of this unique building,” said Robert Goodwin, FAIA, design principal for the project. “The Nano-Mechanical Science and Engineering center will help transform North Campus and advance a new generation of innovative, cross-disciplinary and sustainable engineering research facilities.”
The new nano-mechanical engineering lab complex enables researchers to study the forces at work at the smallest scales and to advance nano-technologies in energy, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology. It houses The Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering and includes a state-of-the-art Ultra-Low Vibration Facility. Core laboratory and collaborative spaces are flexible and shared by the occupants, as well as other researchers in the building, to promote synergy and interdisciplinary engineering research. Since the project has been completed it has also been honored with the 2015 AIA Detroit Honor Award and was LEED Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.