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Solving lab ventilation challenges with fabric HVAC air diffusion

September 10, 2014 | by Nick Paschke, DuctSox Corp. | Articles | Comments

Most technicians have worked in a lab space with ventilation challenges. Poor lab ventilation can adversely affect air comfort and respiration for occupants, or affect research results via poor temperature control, uneven airflow and drafts. The main cause of ventilation challenges confronting labs today is the introduction of the HVAC supply air with such excessive velocities that the fume exhaust hood capture process is disrupted.

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AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

September 15, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award 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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Building envelope thermal bridging guide

September 15, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Morrison Hershfield has announced that the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights is now public and can be downloaded from BC Hydro. The guide aims to overcome obstacles confronting industry with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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Parker celebrates opening of new innovation center

September 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corp. announced the formal opening of its Polymer Innovation Center at the Parflex Div. in Ravenna, Ohio. The Parflex Division designs and manufactures thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories that provides unique solutions for application market segments such as transportation, medical/life sciences, oil and gas, construction and marine.

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Wisconsin Energy Institute lab casework design

September 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design? What new lab features help researchers focus on their science goals? They’re generally features and designs that bring resources to researchers without additional expenditure. Functional and flexible casework can also be pleasing to the eye with simple lines, and heavy duty to withstand heavy use.

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Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

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Real-time monitoring of vibration

September 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President, Acentech Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building involves activities that generate a considerable amount of vibration. Although this is a necessary by-product of the construction process, the ensuing vibrations can have a negative impact on neighboring facilities, particularly those that house vibration-sensitive equipment and activities.

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Cool roofs in China can save energy, reduce emissions

September 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by Julie Chao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Working with Chinese researchers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

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August 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

August 26, 2014 9:40 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features our annual construction cost survey. Other features in the issue include information on development for biomedical research labs, glazing design and thermal comfort, the future of science and technology, making the case for soft landing, planning a lab around researcher's needs and designing and building the Lab of the Year.

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3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

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2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

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Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

August 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.

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The future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Articles | Comments

The mandate of flexible, interdisciplinary teaching and learning spaces is becoming a common provision in the design of today’s academic science buildings. Designers must interpret an institution’s need for flexibility beyond a basic lab planning or classroom module. A strong understanding of adaptable design can help facilitate a model of interdisciplinary study that extends beyond campus boundaries.

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Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many projects start with high hopes by all parties involved, just to find that once the building is completed, it fails to meet performance expectations and is harder to operate than envisioned. This is frustrating for most team players, but none more than the owner. This article focuses on the concept of soft landing and how it can help the successful transition operation of a building.

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Lab Casework/Fume Hood

August 8, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Scientific has introduced the Panorama steel lab casework and the Mistral fume hood. The Panorama universal steel cabinet is engineered using an innovative design process to produce high-quality steel casework that provides a variety of sizes and styles that are field convertible.

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Drawer Handle Covers

August 8, 2014 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lista International’s Tech Drawer Pull aluminum-anodized drawer handle covers are available in three finishes and are easy-to-clean and dependable. The drawer handle covers stand up to the roughest working environments. Sitting flush with the cabinet, the drawer handles improve safety and appearance by eliminating protruding edges.

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