ELI Beamlines Laser Center
Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of SciencesConstruction period
06/2013 – 10/2015Type of construction
EducationScope of services
A multifunctional center with the most powerful laser equipment in the world.
The ELI Laser Center complex will be used for the most advanced laser research of its kind. It is comprised of seven sections – an office building for 300 workers, a multifunctional building (with a cafe, lecture hall for 150 listeners, library, etc.), an entry atrium, a laboratory building, a laser building, a building for cooling technology, and industrial gas management.
In cooperation with the Czech Technical University’s Klokner Institute, a special recipe for concrete was developed to use in the massive reinforced concrete structures.
The most complicated part of the construction from a technical perspective is the building for laser technology with experiment facilities, which take up an area larger than a football field. To meet safety requirements concerning the effects of vibration and shielding from electromagnetic and ionizing radiation, there are structural walls and ceilings inside and around the perimeter of the laser facility building up to 1.6 m thick. The monolithic construction has been made from concrete with a guaranteed minimum density and is resistant to water leakage. The building’s foundation extends down more than eight meters under the surface, and the building reaches a height of roughly 15 m above ground. Great demands have also been placed on maintaining optimum parameters for the interior environment. For the most part, this means clean spaces with a limited number of suspended particles; entry via a transition chamber; and regulation of temperature, humidity, and excess pressure. The project also included extensive landscaping, which – along with transportation infrastructure projects – has significantly improved the quality of the public areas.
- 300 workers
- 13 160 m2 of floor area
- 197 689 m3 of building volume