KACST or King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, one of the world’s biggest laboratories in the world, was completed in September 2009. This research center in Saudi Arabia serves as the focal point of the new economic city in meeting the goal of the country, which is to expand the country’s economy.
Well-known for its rich stock of oil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia high desire to transform as soon as possible from being a resources-based country. Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, One of the monarchies of KSA, conceptualized a project which soon encourages the expansion of different sectors aside from fossil fuels. Thus KACST was built.
KACST goal is to make a flexible and adaptive lab environment, as well as integration of the buildings in the Arab community. The university is designed to accommodate 2,000 students, grant many research groups as well as includes business incubation and research parks on the list. The research will be done on the places where advancement and improvement is really needed and in places that would offer best results with the use of the nearby region. State-of-the-art computer facilities will the geometric modeling in addition to science visualization. Computational bioscience lab would also promote new knowledge discovery as well as data integration platforms for the biomedical field.
As a result, a major facility was constructed to house these and the six other big research centers in Saudi Arabia. The construction and completion was really overwhelming. To cut the story short, KACST was then awarded as R & D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year for 2011. In the competition, judges evaluate and examine the distinctive challenge such a project featured for certain designers. They are so impressed on the outcome of the project because the laboratories’ designer has met the demand of the client within its short timeframe and obtain the objective of the client and that is to construct a magnet lab and a university that facilitates researches towards sustainability.
What makes KACST different?
- Variable lab support regions
- Collaboration spaces
- Grid planning
- Heat recovery wheels
- high-height pilot areas
- Interchangeable lab locality
- Kit-of-parts laboratory furniture
- lab day lighting
- Lab visibility/transparency
- MEP system incorporated with lab grid
- Overhead lab services
- Simple and large circulation spines
- Walkable interstitial space
Several necessary decisions and measurement were also made before it was accomplished. One of this is including the full-coverage length of plinth. Plinth is an architectural base of a structure. This helps the laboratories to lessen the intense effect of Red Sea. Another one is the arrangement of the laboratories’ footprint, which is made earlier, which has covered the problems in accessibility and the burden of the sun.
This is just some of the features that brought R &D centers in the Saudi Arabia into the spotlight of technology and development world. With high flexibility, high hat areas for research, capability to magnet world class talents and intelligence and a lot more factors contribute to the great achievement of the institute.