Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory

Waxahachie, Texas, 1994

The laboratory was intended to house the world's largest and most advanced machine for high-energy physics research. The U.S. Department of Energy and University Research Associates, a consortium of universities, commissioned MSA to draw a master plan locating the main campus and associated facilities in relation to a 54-mile-long tunnel, and to develop design guidelines for the experimental and industrial halls. The plan proposed an H-shaped configuration located on two sides of a cooling pond. A bridge of buildings, accommodating the operations center, library, and cafeteria, linked the scientific and administrative facilities on the east. For the construction of the experimental and industrial halls, corrugated sheet metal was proposed to span the structures, forming vaults of different sizes. Both the campus plan and the architectural guidelines sought to integrate the facilities into the distinctive landscape of the surrounding prairie.

Project Type: Academic

Client: U.S. Department of Energy

Size: 1000000