Clark Construction to build protein crystallization facility in Illinois17 August 2012
Clark Construction Group has secured a $22.8 million contract from Argonne National Laboratory's Office of Project Management, in conjunction with Jacobs Engineering to construct the Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility (APCF) in Illinois.
Built as part of a partnership between Argonne and the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the APCF will be the second contract Argonne has awarded Clark in recent times with the first being the Energy Sciences Building which is under construction.
In August 2012, Clark will commence construction of the 60,000 square feet facility with flexible laboratory and office spaces including environmental rooms, support areas, and a conference center. The Argonne APCF will feature a state-of-the-art, highly-automated laboratory that includes a scientific collaboration space for the production and characterization of proteins and protein crystals.
The Argonne APCF project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the facility include a curtain wall system with high-performance electro chromatic glass which regulates the amount of tint in the windows to maximize natural light infiltration and to minimize solar heat gain.
The Chicago office of SmithGroup will be the designer and architect of record with the new facility expected to be complete in October 2013.