Six Semiconductor Wafer Manufacturing Facility
Eduardo Eurnekian’s vision was to develop a facility – the first south of the equator - that would be capable of designing, prototyping, manufacturing, and testing semiconductor chips in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Semiconductor facilities require highly specialized production tools, highly specialized process equipment, chemicals, gases, ultra-purified water, and waste disposal systems. To support these tools and processes, the structure was highly specialized, with long-span column-free manufacturing spaces, extremely vibration-resistant elevated floors and lateral-force-resisting systems, raised access floors, walkable ceiling grids, and highly specialized air flow systems.
As structural engineer, Walter P Moore worked closely with the design build contractor and equipment specialists to develop precast concrete structural systems that met all criteria but also could be built quickly using locally available construction processes and expertise. Once construction was completed, the vibration performance of the floors was tested and found to be comparable to the most stringent facility standards.