The Analog Devices Building at the University of Limerick was awarded Irish Building Project of the Year at the Irish Building and Design Awards.
The awards recognise excellence in the building and design sectors in Ireland.
The project was shortlisted alongside another RKD-designed project, the Greenway Research Hub at DIT Grangegorman.
The Analog Devices Building is the flagship facility for The Bernal Project at UL, a €54 million strategic investment in research excellence intended to expand research capacity in Applied Sciences & Engineering through the provision of state-of-the art laboratory facilities together with the creation of 10 new Professorship positions (‘Bernal Chairs’) to build a multi-disciplinary team of world-leading scientists and engineers.
RKD designed the 7,650 sq. m facility to include offices, engineering and scientific research laboratory facilities and associated support spaces, write-up areas and meeting rooms, and a 200-seat conference theatre with associated break out area.
The laboratory spaces are designed around 10 principle chairs, providing each specialist research area with a 250 sq. m laboratory suite.
Commenting on the award win, Robert Reidy, Director of Buildings and Estates at UL, said “The Analog Devices Building is a very worthy winner of this title. Its iconic design makes it a stand out building on the UL campus and the research work which will be carried out in the building will significantly support Ireland’s national research priorities and contribute to the economic development of the country. It is a great building inside and out!”
It was named the Analog Devices building in honour of US-headquartered semiconductor company, Analog Devices (ADI). Vince Roche, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADI said, “This building is a beacon that will shine for many years to come, representing our shared enthusiasm for STEM and commitment to educating future generations”.
Previous projects delivered by RKD at at the UL campus include the Kemmy Business School.