Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

State-of-the-art facilities drive leading-edge technology developments.

The prestigious Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) is the nation’s largest university-affiliated research center. The research and development campus, located in Laurel, MD, is at the leading edge of complex research, engineering, and analytical solutions that solve national security challenges and drive advanced technology development.

In collaboration with JHU/APL, the PRIME AE team programmed, designed, and documented two new separate facilities for the 10.7-acre services area complex. The high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities encompassed by the project include the Trades Building and the multi-use building, requiring extensive system integration, including security and intrusion detection, redundant power systems, and campus infrastructure coordination.

The two-story Trades building forms the operations backbone of the entire JHU/APL campus complex, housing the technical services, operations, construction, general maintenance, and carpool departments along with the emergency response communications and call center. For the automotive, equipment maintenance, welding, carpentry, and painting shops, PRIME AE provided special HVAC and electrical systems coordination. As a facility that houses occupants overnight, our team was also tasked with designing 24/7 security capabilities, sleeping quarters, and other support functions.

The multi-use building is where critical Naval & Aerospace Research takes place, and the highly technical design needed to support this important work. This facility encompasses six separate high-bay research, design and testing labs with manufacturing, assembling and storage, a large anechoic chamber for acoustical research and testing, special environmentally controlled spaces for archive storage and hazmat storage, and secure portals for sat-comm equipment roll-out.

PRIME AE’s work for JHU/APL provides critical support to the institution’s mission of developing technologies and capabilities that serve national priorities and expand technical frontiers.

Key Features

Key Feature
10.7-acres
63,230 SF
JHU Research and Development Building for Naval and Aerospace Engineering Research and Training: 22,700 SF
Meeting and seminar rooms
Demonstration labs
Offices
6 separate high-bay research, design and testing laboratories
A large anechoic chamber for acoustical research and testing
Research and Development Fabrication and assembly rooms
Equipment and material storage; including site hazmat storage area
Special environmentally controlled spaces
Special satellite communication equipment adjacent to the facility
Trades Building for the Campus Technical Services and Operations: 63,230 SF
Equipment and Trades Shops and Vehicle Maintenance Bays
Campus emergency response Communications and Call Center
Special HVAC and electrical system coordination
24/7 Sleeping quarters and support functions for overnight occupancy

Project Achievements

Every project we undertake serves as a wellspring of knowledge and experience, feeding our collective growth and paving the way to optimize outcomes, leverage efficiencies, foster collaboration, and advance innovation. Throughout the journey of this project, these accomplishments have been instrumental in its overall success and have fortified our collective expertise.

  • Programmed and documented two new separate high-tech buildings, both requiring extensive systems integration, including security/intrusion detection, redundant power systems, and campus infrastructure coordination
  • Site topography required extensive retaining walls integrated with building, with strong attention paid to site stormwater drainage
  • Careful coordination with JHU user representatives to integrate specialized laboratory and engineering equipment and related infrastructure into new facility
  • Coordination of new MEP systems with program needs and environmental and acoustical requirements
  • Very tight budget required continual monitoring of project costs throughout design phases to complete project within budget

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