Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building
The Molecular Engineering & Sciences building, home to the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, the Center for Nanotechnology, and the Nanotech User Facility is a 90,300-square-foot space near the center of campus. The building features state-of-the-art labs, innovative common spaces that encourage collaboration, and cutting-edge green features.
Groundbreaking took place on October 9, 2009. The building was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects and officially opens September 2012.
The building embodies the interdisciplinary nature of molecular engineering. Each of the $77 million building's four floors consists of a large, open laboratory and an office area. These labs are shared by three to five PIs, their students, postdocs and lab technicians. All lab elements—benches, shelving, even instruments—are reconfigurable as needs and researchers change. The basement features the largest vibration-free laboratory on the West Coast, along with instruments that minimize electromagnetic interference.
The project is expected to meet at least a LEED-NC Silver rating for energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. For more information about plans for energy efficiency, see the LEED project page for the MolES building on the Capital Projects Office website.
UW celebrates opening of new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building (UW Today)
UW's brave (and bright!) new lab for molecular engineering (Seattle Times)
A new home for collaboration (UW Daily)