Science and technology parks have become increasingly popular over the past few years in attracting research groups from diverse backgrounds, providing for opportunities for cross-pollination of various research disciplines, and acting as a favorable platform in limiting the risk and initial costs of start-up or incubator companies. During a recent engagement for site master planning and designing of a state-of-the-art research and technology park, the staff needed to overcome numerous challenges to provide for a vibration environment that would be acceptable for the range of anticipated research activities in the park and within each building while making provisions for future flexibility and phases of expansion.

This paper presents (1) some of the constraints of the selected site, such as existing soil conditions and vibration exposure due to existing transportation facilities, that were documented by extensive site testing; (2) how vibration exposure maps developed for the site were used to aid in the proper master planning of the park; (3) other site planning efforts that were required to ensure new transportation facilities serving the park and parking facilities within research buildings were appropriately placed, and the limitations for such facilities; and (4) how research space layouts were developed, vibration criteria were selected, and building designs were developed to address anticipated research uses while making provisions for future flexibility.

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