AGI, Abbie Gregg, Inc.
  Arizona State University | Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy (SW-ACEM)
     
  R&D Magazine
Project Press:
Achieving the Optimal Fit-Out: The February 2013 issue of R&D Magazine focuses on the optimal laboratory fit-out and proper laboratory equipment. New technologies and changing attitudes about effective, efficient research impact the way laboratories are equipped. The Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy (SW-ACEM) at Arizona State University is discussed in depth.
     
  Project Features:
> Four Imaging Suites, with Two Future Build-Outs
> Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy
> Fast Track Design and Construction
  Project Location:
> Tempe, AZ
   
  Architectural Firm of Record:
> Architectural Nexus, Inc.
   
  Project Size:
> 5,000 SF Imaging Space
   
  Construction Cost: 
> Approx. $2.1M
   
  Professional Services Provided:
> 2010
   
  Project Status: 
> Center Open
   
   
  Services Provided by AGI for Project:
> Multiple Site Surveys for Identification of ‘Best-Site’
> Candidates for Center
> Benchmarking of ACEM Imaging Room Designs / Performance
> Imaging Lab Design Review
> Tool Research and Analysis
> Vibration and Acoustics Consulting
> Coordination of EMI, Vibration and Acoustics Abatement
> with Design Team
   
  Building Uses:
> University Research
> High Resolution Imaging
   
  Key AGI Personnel:
> Abbie Gregg, AGI Project Executive
> Craig Rossrucker, AGI Project Manager
> Stephanie Rompre, Architectural Engineer
> Chandi Pedapati, Engineer
     
  Client Testimonial:
Abbie Gregg Inc. (AGI) played an essential, successful role in siting and design of Arizona State University’s new Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy, located on the urban main campus at Tempe. The microscopes, located in the new Center building, have demonstrated atomic spatial resolution and the world’s highest energy resolution, 12 millielectron volts, for electron energy loss spectroscopy with atomic spatial resolution. Extreme thermomechanical, magnetic and acoustical stability is required for the laboratories in the new Center building in order to achieve this microscope performance. AGI performed site stability surveys on the campus to determine the best, most stable building site, benchmarked the building design using microscope stability specifications and coordinated EMI, vibration and acoustic abatement with the architectural design team. The new building is now the most stable aberration corrected electron microscopy site among all US universities.
~ Prof. R. W. Carpenter, Project Principle Investigator, January 2013