Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research

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The Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research at Norfolk State University is a 136,000 square foot computer laboratory and office building located adjacent to the Norfolk State University Campus. The six-story steel structure has elevated concrete decks and is built on 475 piles to accommodate the vibration mitigation required for the clean room and other laboratory procedures  The emphasis of the foundation is to enhance the building’s vibration isolation to facilitate research in an environment designed at 250 micro-inches/second.

The building houses the University's advanced research in computational science, engineering, information assurance, and materials science as well as its enterprise and skills development initiatives. Researchers based in the new facility have access to class 100, 1,000, and 10,000 cleanrooms and a 6,000 square foot nanotechnology laboratory, which supports work in bioinformatics, modeling and simulation, photonics, crystal growth, device fabrication and sensor development.  The building has several additional laboratories, training rooms, offices and administrative facilities as well as space for the University's data center and TV station.

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