Argonne Advanced Protein Characterization Facility

The Nation's Most Advanced Protein Science Facility
The Advanced Protein Characterization Facility is a premier facility for advanced research in the structure and function of proteins, adding yet another important tool to Argonne’s exceptional suite of scientific facilities. We will have extraordinary new opportunities for biological, pharmaceutical and biochemical research, spurring discovery, innovation and job creation at Argonne and throughout Illinois.
Eric Isaacs, Director, Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, Illinois
Argonne National Laboratory
60,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Gold (targeted)

The Advanced Protein Characterization Facility (APCF) is a new, world-class biological, pharmaceutical, and biochemical research center. Located at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the 60,000 square-foot building features a BSL-2 laboratory, environmental rooms, and specialized laboratories and support areas.

The APCF features a state-of-the-art, highly-automated laboratory facility that has been integrated with a scientific collaboration facility for production and characterization of proteins and protein crystals. It provides highly flexible laboratories for up to 76 researchers. Open and closed office spaces support laboratory activities. Secondary spaces for administration, building support, and interactive collaboration complete the facility.


The APCF is designed and to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable elements include a curtain wall system comprised of high-performance glass and internal shading devices to maximize natural light infiltration and minimize solar heat gain.

Chicago Building Congress New Construction – Suburbs $55M+
Chicago Building Congress Award of Merit