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National Institute of Standards and Technology

World-Class Research and Workplace

Project Location

Boulder, CO


79,000 SF


Architecture, interiors, laboratory planning, EGD

Special Features

Cryo and Laser labs

Scientists working at Building 1 on the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus, also known of as the Central Radio Propagation Laboratory, conduct highly controlled, world-class research. Our design transforms this campus building into a vibrant, healthy workplace that competes at a global level by providing energy-efficient laboratories, areas for chance interactions, modernized workspaces, and dedicated outdoor spaces.

Functional aspects are enhanced by providing dedicated lab support space and upgrading programmatic and mechanical layouts, all while honoring the historic character of the building. The design accommodates both Cryo and Laser labs in a multi-story building with only partial locations for slab-on-grade laboratories. Programming focused on creating both flexible indoor spaces and dedicated outdoor areas for work and socialization, providing that critical link between intense research and human wellness.

This design-build project involves a 79,000-SF renovation of research laboratories, workspaces, and support spaces. This includes a complete re-planning of the floor plan; a new casework and equipment package; mechanical, electrical, and gas systems upgrades; and replacement lighting. High-efficiency systems add to the resiliency of the building, which is pursuing LEED Gold certification. DLR Group is providing architecture, interior design, laboratory planning and programming, and experiential graphic design.

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