Located on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base, the MicroLab (MLAB) building opened in early 2006 and is one of three new facilities that make up the half-billion-dollar Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) construction project. The facility has attained LEED Silver certification.
The primary intent of the facility is to combine the expertise of three groups—electronics, photronics, and computer visualization—to more quickly imagine and design better microelectronic devices to support the needs of U.S. national security and the nuclear weapons complex of the future. Openings throughout the facility are equipped with SARGENT hardware, including 11 Line Series bored locks, 80 Series exit devices, 351 Series door closers and 485 Series deadbolts.
MLAB maximizes day lighting into occupied spaces by placing the light sensitive labs on the interior of the building. All offices have windows that provide day lighting from the skylights above. On the south elevation, a sunscreen provides shading along all the offices.
The building is mostly constructed of a cast-in place concrete frame to accommodate strict vibration criteria. Structural steel was used to construct the penthouses and visualization laboratory. The main exterior is clad in a mixture of architectural pre-cast concrete panels, composite stone panels and composite aluminum panels.