Nanotronics - Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 20

Nanotronics - Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 20

Rogers Partners is collaborating with Nanotronics to design its flagship production center, turning a historic shipbuilding site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a vertically integrated advanced manufacturing facility and headquarters. This collaboration between Rogers Partners and Nanotronics will transform both the building and the high-tech production process. Few advanced manufacturing facilities seamlessly integrate the entire process, from concept to engineering to milling and sales.

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The design approach leaves the shell of the long narrow building largely intact by inserting stacked, enclosed yet transparent “pods” on two floors with double-height public spaces nestled in between. On the first floor are the milling and assembly teams, in addition to tech support, sales and marketing offices. On the second story is a series of workspaces for the company’s c-suite, engineering and design groups, connected by bridges that form a figure-eight layout to emphasize the seamless flow of the entire production process.

The pod approach resolves the critical design challenge of how to create enclosed workspaces – some of which need to be airtight and soundproof, as well as highly climate-controlled – without cutting up the building, impeding the flow of collaborative spaces or compromising the beauty of the long, narrow building. The design integrates old and new building features as much as it integrates the high-tech production process.