Location: North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
NDSU has significant capabilities in materials research and development, particularly in coatings and polymeric materials, advanced materials for electronics and energy applications. The Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL) at NDSU is one of the most well-equipped academic laboratories in the world for conducting polymer and surface coating research using a combinatorial approach. This capability is of high interest to federal and private sector partners; however, expansion of these activities required additional versatile wet lab space. Current infrastructure was at capacity; therefore, additional space was critically needed.
Because of this demand and lack of space, NDSU selected Foss Architecture + Interiors to design an addition to the Research 1 facility to be used for wet laboratory research focused on new materials design and development. The facility houses wet laboratory space as well as office/meeting and research support space. The 40,000 S.F. addition provides the capabilities and resources to advance technology efforts with NDSU’s Centers of Excellence program partners and federal program partners and provides an essential platform to transition a larger number and broader spectrum of technologies derived from the research and developments to the marketplace.
The new facility enables new job creation and allows NDSU to expand research and development relationships with the private sector, thereby, providing opportunities for growth and sustainability of the Centers of Excellence programs.