- New York, NY
- Columbia University
Columbia University’s Physics Department is housed in Pupin Hall, a building originally constructed in 1928 that lacked the necessary infrastructure to support state-of-the-art contemporary research. For over a decade, Mitchell Giurgola has been designing new research laboratories in the facility—all of which require strict temperature and humidity control, as well as careful attention to vibration and acoustics.
By meeting directly with the researchers, we were able to develop unique designs for each laboratory. Dr. Basov, for example, conducts condensed matter research in infrared spectroscopy to investigate novel quantum electronic and magnetic materials of technological relevance. Dr. Basov’s lab was designed to accommodate multiple optical tables and a superconducting magnet.
Common elements across all our laboratory renovations in the facility include suspended overhead carriers providing access to services, space for analytic equipment above vibration tables, electrostatic dissipative flooring, and new mechanical and electrical infrastructure including air handlers and grounding systems.