WEST Lafayette, IN

Purdue Birck Nanotechnology Center


Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Purdue University

Services Provided

  • Building Automation
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
Interior view of a room in at the Purdue Birck Nanotechnology center

Client Objectives

Purdue Birck Nanotechnology needed a range of design and construction services for their industrial facility in West Lafayette, IN, which is comprised of 187,000 square feet including office space, nanofabrication cleanrooms and research and laboratory space.

Scope of Services

Shambaugh & Son’s scope of work included Design-Build, mechanical, plumbing, temperature control, and specialty gases services including:

Commercial Construction Services

  • Seven custom manufactured air handlers to serve laboratories and offices
  • Twenty-seven packed cleanroom air handlers to serve fabricated space
  • Low temperature chiller
  • HVAC piping and equipment installation
  • High and low pressure ductwork
  • Building automation system (BAS)
  • Specialty gases for laboratories
  • Plumbing systems installation

Mechanical Systems Services

  • Air handlers and VAV reheat
  • Low and medium pressure steam and condensate
  • Low pressure clean steam
  • Heating hot water
  • Chilled water
  • Low temperature chilled water
  • 10" w.c. and 4" w.c. ductwork
  • Corrosive chemical exhaust ductwork

Plumbing Systems Services

  • Domestic water
  • Sanitary waste and vent
  • Storm water
  • Acid waste and vent
  • R.O. water
  • Waste water treatment system

Process Systems Services

  • Process cooling water
  • Process vacuum
  • Ultra–pure water
  • Utility nitrogen
  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Toxic specialty gases

Client Background

The Birck Nanotechnology Center opened in July of 2005 and is one of ten core centers in Purdue University’s 40-acre Discovery Park. It is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world and is designed to support multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology and to foster interaction between researchers and research disciplines.