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University of Rochester Opens Expanded Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Published 6/7/2024
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The University of Rochester opened the newly expanded Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in May of 2024 in Brighton, N.Y. Featuring Class 1000 cleanrooms, the 66,600-sf addition includes general and wet-bench research venues, a laser computing center, and open office environments. The three-story structure will enable the construction of the AMICA laser system, prototyping of the NSF OPAL lasers, and the creation of next-generation targets, diagnostics, and optics for national security efforts. Offering lab space with seating for 132 LLE staff and students, the project includes 2,900 sf of collaboration space for an additional 117 people. The building also houses the largest optical coating facility of its kind.

CannonDesign was the architect for the $42 million development, which was built by LeChase Construction with Passero Associates as site and civil engineer. M/E Engineering provided commissioning services. Ground was broken in July of 2022 on the sustainable facility, which has achieved LEED Silver certification.

Organization Project Role
LeChase Construction
General Contractor
Passero Associates
Site & Civil Engineer
M/E Engineering
Commissioning Agent