Sandia National Laboratories

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Core Facility


Sandia National Laboratories


Albuquerque, New Mexico


CINT is one of five DOE Nanoscale Research centers forming an integral part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative by the Office of Science, US Department of Energy. This advanced Nanoscale Research Laboratory is a 98,000 SF single story radial concept situated just outside Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. Designed to house 148 scientists, it will be jointly operated by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National laboratory (LANL).Three distinct laboratory wings (Class 1000 cleanroom, Chemistry/Molecular Biology Labs, Optical/Surface Analysis labs) are linked by a radial “Nano Loop” corridor and separated by two “oases”. The character of advanced science is anchored to “place” by the use of forms and materials reminiscent of historic New Mexico Pueblo culture and the architecture of nearby Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon. The natural stone ?Chaco Wall? forming the boundary of the Nano Loop is accented by the glass roofed vertical lobby space symbolizing Pueblo lighthouses. This $22,800,000 construction was completed in the fall of 2005 and was certified as a Silver LEED project with the US Green Building Council.

Executive Architect: HDR, Inc.

Programming/Project Design: Matt Sears while affiliated with HDR

Programming/Laboratory Design: Tom Gerbo while affiliated with HDR

Nanoscale Research Cleanroom Optical Analysis