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Vibration free, sustainable office cum lab

On Friday March 22, 2019, the Matrix VII building in Amsterdam Science Park was officially opened. This vibration free office-cum-lab houses various companies, including the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), a ‘triple helix’ cooperative between NWO, UvA, VU and ASML.*

The building was designed by a team consisting of Deerns, Ector Hoogstad Architects and IMd engineering consultancy. The hybrid office-lab building has more than 9,000 square meters of office space that is easily convertible into labs should the need arise.

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On Friday March 22, 2019, the Matrix VII building in Amsterdam Science Park was officially opened. This vibration free office-cum-lab houses various companies, including the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), a ‘triple helix’ cooperative between NWO, UvA, VU and ASML.* Text: LABinsights | Translation: Word’s Worth The building was designed by a team consisting of Deerns, Ector Hoogstad Architects and IMd engineering consultancy. The hybrid office-lab building has more than 9,000 square meters of office space that is easily convertible into labs should the need arise. The building is heated and cooled sustainably by climate ceiling islands. The compact design, clustered around two big halls, ensures plenty of daylight can get in, while a heat and cold storage unit can produce heat and store cold. The building has LED lighting controlled by daylight sensors and absence detection. The roof is covered in vegetation and has integrated photovoltaic cells that generate energy. Vibration reduction The new office building is situated next to a busy highway and close to a Dutch Rail switch yard, but must be vibration free because of the very sensitive measurements (at nanometer level) that are conducted inside. It also has to be able to withstand vibrations caused by installations in the building itself. Prior to the designing of the building, extensive measurements were conducted into disruptions originating in the immediate vicinity of the building site. Simulations were used to calculate what vibration-reducing facilities would be necessary. To meet the ARCNL’s vibration requirements, more measures had to be taken than usual. Expansion joints were used to fully detach the floor of ARCNL’s lab space from the rest of the building, allowing cer- tain parts of the construction to move independently of others. In addition, laboratory setups were purposefully placed on 80 cm thick concrete slabs, to increase the mass. All vibration-ge- nerating equipment was shock-mounted on double cushioned concrete blocks. The idea was to get the ARCNL lab section to a VC-D vibration level, which is the level required for photo- lithography. By comparison, a general lab is at VC-A level, an electron microscopic lab at VC-F, while instrument development requires the highest level (VC-G). Acceptance testing showed that the building ended up at vibration level VC-E. The VC-G level required for specific setups was achieved as well. These setups are mounted on 30,000 kilogram concrete blocks that are insulated from the VC-D floor by active vibration dampers. * NWO = Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, or Dutch Research Council, a government grant agency that funds top researchers, steers the course of Dutch science by means of research programs and by managing the national knowledge infrastructure. UvA = University of Amsterdam VU = Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ASML = leading chip machine manufacturer, based in the Netherlands
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