nents occurring within the building. The exterior display is
extended in the lobby with another display wall. The piers
project upward to the skylight, reminiscent of a forest
clearing. The lobby is designed to welcome visitors, but
also to secure the space.
As one moves to the second floor, the floor opens horizontally, creating multiple interaction spaces immediately next to the lobby. The vertical wood piers and the
large-scale images continue the motif of the exterior and
the first level. On the second level, the wood piers form
the transitional spaces, such as the seating space and
the café. These public spaces allow for a chance meeting, a short conversation and enhance the collaboration
The second floor of the new building includes open
work areas, which are different from the previous way
various groups worked. To maintain a sense of privacy when needed, a series of hotel offices, conference
rooms and “phone booths” are included throughout the
floorplan. Bright colors are used to break up the large
open space, as well as to set some reserved spaces for
the different departments. Also, natural light and views
connect the offices back to the campus and the natural
The TED building brings together engineering, cryo
science and physics into one area to design and document experiments. Work areas are designed using an
overhead Unistrut grid on a 4-ft module to provide
power, data and utilities down to workbenches as needed.
These benches can be set up and modified for various
experiments, and reconfigured or customized as needed.
Designs, constructions and parts from each group are
transported to the high-bay area of the Test Lab building.
The open high-bay space is designed as a collaborative
area where each group has a space for the construction
of large-scale mock-ups. New targets and detectors to
be used in the accelerator can be constructed here, and
maintenance and repairs can be performed on parts of
the accelerator not requiring a cleanroom environment.
The space has overhead cranes and a series of overhead
utilities to aid in the construction and transport of the
various parts and pieces, with a direct connection to the
service yard shared with both the Test Lab building and
the accelerator site.
The Test Lab addition to Building 58 was designed to
improve workflow. All activities are brought together under one roof, with a uni-directional flow from the dirty
processes to the clean processes. This building includes
ISO- 8 cleanrooms with areas of ISO- 6, as well as a large-scale ISO- 5 cleanroom with some ISO- 4 work areas.
The Jefferson Lab is only one of the 17 national labs
that offer the highest-caliber tools, machines and facilities to scientists who are tackling the critical challenges
of our time. Scientific discovery, not unlike architecture,
is most fruitful as a collaborative endeavor, and surely
enhanced by a world-class work environment.
Sara Eastman, RA, is a senior lab planner and architect
for EwingCole. Saul Jabbawy is the Director of Design for
EwingCole. Ted Newell, AIA, is a principal for EwingCole.
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