Argonne National Laboratory

Center for Nanoscale Materials

Center for Nanoscale Materials - Argonne, IL


This new research building connected to Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source (APS) provides space for research involving nanoscale and microscale materials.The building houses Class 100 and Class 1,000 clean rooms; wet, dry and bio laboratories; offices; and support functions, including a computer room.

G/BA provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design for the lab and office systems, as well as energy modeling using the DOE 2.1 energy analysis program.

The CNM has achieved LEED Silver certification.


Source Award
2007 Excellence in Engineering Award, ASHRAE Illinois Chapter
2008 Regional Technology Award, ASHRAE Region VI (first place)


  • Low-velocity variable air volume (VAV) supply air systems for laboratories and offices, including VAV fume hoods
  • Two-stage heat recovery system that heats outside air using waste heat from both the CNM and the adjacent Advanced Photon Source (APS) building
  • Chilled water and high temperature hot water provided by the APS central plant
  • Gas-fired clean steam boiler for humidification
  • Air handling systems featuring HEPA filtration and clean-steam humidification
  • Computer room with UPS and computer room cooling units
  • Piped process lab services, including RO water, process cooling water, compressed air, vacuum, and nitrogen
  • Clean and controlled environments; all air handling systems utilize HEPA filtration and clean-steam humidification
  • Clean power requirements
  • A low vibration level, facilitating sensitive research