Researchers in the materials sciences often work in isolated settings due to the nature of their work. The Department of Energy hopes to encourage new discoveries by bringing scientists in these specialized areas together to exchange ideas. Design elements that facilitate conversations include a central campus courtyard that offers comfort, access, and a positive image; interaction spaces; and transparency.
Laboratories at the Physical Sciences Facility include materials science and technology, ultra-trace, and radiation detection. Very specialized research in “competing” capabilities including clean and dirty spaces, vibration-producing and vibration-sensitive labs, and radiation and non-radiation areas requiring small, distributed core facilities.