Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF)
The development of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, SURF, included vast collaboration with physicists, researchers, and scientists to develop a program, budget, schedule, conceptual and technical design for two major experiments. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Experiment and The Majorana Demonstrator Experiment. Both projects included extensive technical requirements to accommodate the complexity of each experiment.
The project to develop the SURF included four successive soliciations from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for planning and design phases, resulting in the conversion of the abandoned Homestake gold mine into our countries leading astrophysics research facility.
Our design team worked with a research collaboration that included physicists, researchers and scientists from over a dozen universities and national laboratories to develop a program, budget, schedule, and conceptual and technical designs of facilities for ground breaking astrophysics experiments, one at the surface and three at the 4,850 foot level within the mine. These facilities included transition spaces, clean rooms, experiment/detector halls, testing facilities, data/computation space, machine shop, e-forming lab, offices, and life safety infrastructure.
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ClientSouth Dakota Science and Technology Authority
ServicesArchitecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design