Not only is award-winning research being done inside the Lurie
Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), the facility itself is being recognized for
its design and structural achievements.
Most recently, the LNF was honored at the
34th Annual Masonry
Awards Program for Excellence in Masonry Design with an award in the
category of Continuing Education. Sponsored by the Masonry Institute of
Michigan, this award was established to encourage and recognize excellence
in masonry design. The Fall 2009 issue of CAM Magazine, the official
publication of the Construction Association of Michigan, will highlight the
facility as one of the 12 most outstanding construction projects in the
brick work of the LNF "emulates an abstract composition of integrated
circuits, expressing the work taking place inside through the brick
outside,"  stated George P. Karidis, lead designer at SmithGroup Inc.,
the firm that designed the building. The project expanded the LNF from 4,500
to over 12,500 square feet (backed up by an additional 38,000sf of new
infrastructure) of state-of-the-art class 10/100/1000 and 10,000 cleanroom facilities. The construction was led by SmithGroup (architect,
engineer) and Skanska (construction contractor).
Those familiar with the facility give much credit for the success of the
design and the overall engineering of the building to a staff trio in
Electrical and Computer Engineering known simply as "DDT". These are
Grimard - LNF Managing Director, Dennis Schweiger - LNF Facilities
Supervisor, and Tim Brock - LNF Operations Supervisor. Their combined
experience with the LNF and its predecessor, the Solid-State Electronics
Laboratory, tops 50 years.
"Without question, the final success of the LNF is due in large part to the
vision, dedication, and attention to detail of Dennis Grimard, Dennis
Schweiger, and Tim Brock," stated Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor and
Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure
Network. "Our current facility ensures that Michigan will remain home to
one of the best nanofabrication facilities in the nation for the foreseeable
future, with far-reaching impact on healthcare, the environment, energy, and
national security through the applications it spawns."
CAM (Construction Association of Michigan) Magazine featured the LNF in
its August 2008 issue, with the article, "Nano-Construction: Placing Complex
Systems in Small Spaces," by Mary E. Kremposky.
"A Rust Belt Oasis, the University of Michigan Is Spending Billions to
Grow," by Keith Schneider, December 30, 2008, The New York Times.
Lurie Nanofabricatoin Facility - A Beacon for Michigan - click here for
several articles published about the facility surrounding its dedication