Engineering Research Center

Brown University



This building provides flexible space to support high-end research needs within the Brown School of Engineering. The building includes approximately 14,000 net-square-feet of flexible research laboratory space; an imaging suite to house Titan-Class TEM’s; a nano-fabrication microelectronics cleanroom; and new entry, lobby, and classroom facilities. The cleanroom includes 3,000 NSF of filtered space within a 5,000 NSF total area. The cleanroom suite is positioned to be highly visible from the building exterior and main entry. A three-bay cleanroom supports micro-electronics and material sciences applications. An additional dedicated bay is provided for nano-biotechnology work related to implantable devices and materials. RFD provided full cleanroom design services including tool fitout design. The project was delivered using an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process - partnering the design team, the contractor, subcontractors, and the Owner in a project delivery team.


Providence, RI, USA

  • Services: Laboratory Design
  • Completed: 2017

Area Summary

  • Gross Building: 75,543
  • Net (Assignable) Building: 33,448
  • Lab and Lab Support: 14,157

Cost Summary

  • Construction Cost: $90,000,000

Important Details

  • The American Architecture Award for 2020 by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design
  • Honorable Mention for Innovation by Lab Manager 2020
  • AEC Excellence Award, Building Design Medium Category by Autodesk 2018


  • Kieran Timberlake


  • Warren Jagger Photography