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The new headquarters of Institut Jean Lamour in Nancy (Eastern France) is the product of a vision shared by both Egis and the scientific research community that provides the latter with a world class research facility.
Institut Jean Lamour (IJL), world leader in basic and applied research in materials and process science and engineering, now boasts state-of-the-art facilities where researchers are able to work on both current and future programmes in optimal conditions.
This impressive lab was handed over to its research staff in Summer 2015. Building/research facilities interfacing has been ongoing since June 2016 with a view to conducting the first on-site experiments in 2017.
With 8,800 sq.m of research labs, 5,400 sq.m of technical facilities, 3,800 sq.m of offices and 2.8 km of passageways, the infrastructure resembles a high-tech factory.
Egis was in charge of engineering and work site management.
As Frédéric Lantz, Executive Director of Egis Bâtiments Grand Est points out, “this project was deployed in the research sphere where the overriding concern is the quality of scientific experiments. So we had to ensure highly specific and ultra-stable physical ambiances in terms of lighting, noise, vibrations and ventilation, etc., as well as flexible research facilities that can be adapted to experimentation requirements. The facility design also needs to be able to keep pace with developments in research instruments so that researchers can stay at the top of their game.”
The new IJL also has exceptional hosting facilities that comply with the strictest technical, functional and security standards. Egis had to devise solutions that meet the latest challenges in the research sphere without loosing control over site operating costs.
Egis used digital modelling to validate all proposed installations and to provide the operator with an effective means of planning the work required for future experiments.