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Multilevel building set into a hill with white awnings, stepped tiers and purple and green landscaping
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.

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 provided architecture, interior design, laboratory planning and programming, and experiential graphic design.

A Modernized Lab Facility

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 cryogenic and laser labs in a multi-story building with only partial locations for slab-on-grade labs. 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. The facility also plays a significant role in supporting the CHIPS & Science Art for America research and development program and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the economy, advancing research and enhancing national security.

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team cutting a ribbon National Institute of Standards and Technology Wing 5 Opens in Colorado

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National Institute of Standards and Technology Wing 5 Opens in Colorado

Renovations to the historic NIST Boulder Wing 5 in Colorado are now complete, featuring modernized laboratories and flexible outdoor space.

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