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Inspiring productive playgrounds

August 13, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Branding a lab is one way to make labs into “productive playgrounds”, or places that inspire and energize people, while becoming a home for scientific research. These productive playgrounds are serious places where innovation and creativity are nurtured.

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Architects’ Design and Health Research Consortium to expand

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the ACSA, announced a new member Request for Qualifications will be available September 1 as part of an expansion of the AIA’s ongoing Design & Health Research Consortium, which helps translate research into the influence design has on public health for the public, policymakers, design and public health professionals.

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Strong conditions persist for ABI

August 20, 2015 10:05 am | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

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PNNL to tackle future grid challenges through new facility, capabilities

August 20, 2015 8:41 am | by Dawn Zimmerman, PNNL | Videos | Comments

With the opening this week of the Systems Engineering Building at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a new suite of capabilities becomes available to researchers and industry to tackle the nation's top challenges in grid modernization, buildings efficiency and renewable energy integration.

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BioSafe Safety Glasses Holder

August 19, 2015 2:08 pm | by Terra Universal, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal introduces a new addition to their special BioSafe product line, a hinged, easy-clean safety glasses holder. The container is designed for comfortable access to stored items, while maintaining stringent cleanliness standards and simplifying sanitation processes. Featuring a convenient hinged design, the mounted BioSafe holder swings out from the wall by releasing a simple catch.

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The value of the post-occupancy evaluation

August 19, 2015 10:00 am | by Jennifer Mango, IIDA, ASID, Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A) | Articles | Comments

Multiple considerations must be prioritized throughout the design process: client goals, function, efficiency, cost, branding and flexibility are a few of the many factors that influence a final design outcome. Understanding which variables provide the greatest value to the client is critical in the design of a successful and sustainable facility.

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Nine projects selected for 2015 Education Facility Design Awards

August 17, 2015 3:30 pm | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

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The computational research environment

August 17, 2015 1:30 pm | by Robert A. Carroll, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, the number of computational research environments colleges and universities require is changing the way we plan and organize research buildings. Until recently, computational research space was treated like an accessory to the traditional lab. This occurred because researchers spent the majority of their time in their lab and only a fraction of their time in write-up areas.

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Designing collaborative research partnerships

August 14, 2015 3:23 pm | by Anthony D. Paprocki, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate and Project Architect, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

With today’s grant funding limitations and the decline in basic research activities conducted by private R&D labs, academic-industry research partnerships are emerging as an appealing solution to provide a faster means of translating ideas into the marketplace. These relationships help strengthen the link between discovery research and applied science, offering significant benefits to both parties in the process.

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Smart Pass-Through

August 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Terra Universal Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal incorporates state-of-the-art technology in its Smart Pass-Through for cleanrooms, engineered for optimal efficiency and cleanliness when passing materials in and out of a classified environment. The Smart Control Module monitors and manages functions specified to your application’s unique needs. The Smart Control Module can be programed to activate an air shower, UV sterilization light, filtered ventilation system and other optional...

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Research provides guidance to clean plumbing systems

August 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A new study provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems. The study is the first step toward science-based flushing protocols that can be applied to recover from a drinking water contamination incident.

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Lab planning details matter

August 12, 2015 7:30 am | by Mark Paskanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CRB | Articles | Comments

Many of us have had that “AHA!” moment or said “Why didn’t I think of that?” In a lab, even the smallest of details can have a big impact on efficiency. A good lab planner will listen to clients and researchers, and design a workspace specific to their needs. If a researcher is struggling to perform a particular task, making a change to the architectural details of the lab space can help improve productivity.

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Architecture firm compensation back on upward trajectory

August 11, 2015 4:30 pm | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

Though U.S. architecture firms are still recovering from the Great Recession, overall business conditions are improving allowing an increase in compensation for architecture positions. Compensation across the profession increased an average of 1.8%/yr over the 2013–14 period.

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2015 lab construction outlook

August 11, 2015 3:00 pm | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2015, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2014, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2014. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2015, extending into year 2016.

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Benchmarking international interdisciplinary research facilities

August 11, 2015 12:47 pm | by Michael Reagan, AIA, VP and Science + Technology Market Sector Lead, Stantec | Articles | Comments

The interdisciplinary trend in research facilities isn’t limited to the U.S., and is evident in research facilities in other countries. This trend has resulted in a variety of diverse and technically complex research facilities, each responding to their own unique conditions and goals. Interdisciplinary research facilities are characterized by the colocation of diverse disciplinary research labs.

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Discovery Hall, Univ. of Washington, Bothell

August 7, 2015 7:30 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | News | Comments

17,125 nsf of lab and lab support space in a 77,690-gsf building for the Depts. of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Technology/Engineering and the Univ. of Washington. Facility includes teaching labs, such as environmental science, geology, life science, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry and software development, as well as student/faculty research space.

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