Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano-Centre

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This research and teaching facility for the University of Waterloo houses the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Quantum Nanofab (QNF). 

The research foci of the Quantum-Nano Centre include quantum communications and quantum computing, using techniques such as single photon key encryption and electron spin. They also include quantum optics and photonics for optical communications development. In the computing arena, applied research will be conducted in quantum dots, super conducting qubits, and solid-state implementations such as nuclear impurities in semiconductors. Basic research in quantum physics will involve superconductors and manipulation of individual atoms, such as cold atoms and ion traps.

The facilities requirements to support this range of research and the nanoengineering academic mission include a state-of-the-art fabrication cleanroom of Class 100 and 1000 spaces, a metrology suite of labs housing advanced imaging systems including TEM's, FIB's, FE SEM's, STM, and SPM's with materials analysis and characterization capabilities. In addition to these complex technical spaces, the project includes both flexible general research and teaching laboratories, classrooms and office space for faculty and graduate students.

The University of Waterloo's mission is to advance knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment of free inquiry and expression. To support this mission the new building will be designed to attract and resonate with top-flight researchers while providing a collaborative atmosphere for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

HDR's role as the primary A/E resource for planning and design of the QNF, and planning for the IQC and WIN research portions includes primary emphasis on the interior research environment, mechanical, process, and electrical systems and the appropriate relationships of supporting spaces. HDR served as consultant to KPMB Architects.