T-SQUARED completed the design and build of the new laboratory space at the University of Glasgow which will help develop next generation technology which found evidence of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson.
The University’s Glasgow Laboratory for Advanced Detector Development (GLADD) will allow scientists to continue developing their work assisting the CERN lab in Switzerland as well as having commercial applications such as medical imaging and airport security.
GLADD, based in the Kelvin Building, will be used by particle physicists who worked for more than 20 years in the development and construction of the semiconductor trackers in ATLAS, one of the detectors at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.
The new cleanroom laboratory - where air quality, temperature and humidity are highly regulated to protect sensitive equipment from contamination - contains a suite of cutting-edge equipment including an ultrasonic fine pitch wire bonder to fabricate interconnects in electronic chips and a probe station to investigate the functionality of improved sensor designs.
After a competitive tender, T-SQUARED was awarded the refurbishment and conversion of the space within the Kelvin Building into the cleanroom and change area. The full scope of the project is as follows:
Specific requirements included:
a. The clean area requirement is for Class 10000
b. Temperature controlled to 20 deg C +/- 2 deg C and 40-60% RH
c. Room pressure - Cleanroom positive to change area
d. Room pressure - Change area positive to corridor
Timescales - The project was completed on time and to budget.