Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.
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This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.
Florida International Univ.’s Chaplin School celebrated the unveiling of the Brewing Science Laboratory at an introduction event on April 3, 2014. The new lab will enhance the School’s existing Brewing Science Program and provide the necessary facilities to position the School as a worldwide leader for education and applied research in this industry.
The National Institutes of Health held a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31 to April 1, 2014, to celebrate the completion of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. This state-of-the-art facility brings together neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers across the NIH in an effort to spur new advances in our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.
SmithGroupJJR has named Tim Tracey, AIA, as director of its Chicago office. He was previously the office’s design director. Tracey will focus on strengthening the office’s holistic and integrated design process while continuing to lead its reputation as an award-winning firm. He takes over leadership of the 60-person office from Andy Vazzano, who now resumes his focus on the firm’s Science & Technology practice.
Unleashing the huge potential of data will be the focus of a new global institute at Imperial College London. In the last two years the world has produced more data than in all of human history. Developing insights from better analysis of this information will enable us to improve our predictions of diseases in people, stimulate innovation, unleash waves of productivity and create new consumer services.
Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.
The design, layout and placement of labs have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support lean processes—including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization—whereas a “bad” design may create waste and make flow more difficult.
For a long time, the thermal performance of façades in research buildings has been undervalued because of the large volumes of air being moved through the space. Using the arsenal of strategies currently available to lab designers, air volumes in many contemporary research labs have been reduced to the minimums needed to maintain health and safety.
Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.
Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders and gases. Static charges are the result of triboelectric charging of dissimilar materials, such as clothing against skin and shoe soles on the floor surface.
The Purair Flex Film Isolator features a curved film design that provides more working volume in the glove bag. The double O-ring design on the standard polyurethane cuffs allow users to quickly and easily change gloves to meet a variety of dexterity needs.
Fluid Metering’s newly released 2014 full-line catalog contains new products as well as expanded flow and configuration information. The catalog details standard products, operating principles, pump capacities, drive characteristics, materials of construction, typical applications and ordering information.
The Mystaire FE-2620 ductless economy chemical workstation provides operator protection while performing routine lab manipulations with liquid chemicals or powders. The ductless economy chemical workstation can easily be positioned over a lab sink, or placed directly on a counter or benchtop.
MKS has introduced the a-Baratron, an advanced high-performance, heated absolute capacitance manometer with higher tolerance to ambient temperature changes. The a-Baratron manometer is internally heated to 45, 80 or 100 C, and has a pushbutton zero that allows service intervals up to four times longer than earlier models.
Strobic Air offers a monostack fume exhaust fan with wheel sizes from 18 to 36 in. Airflow capacities go to 24,000 cfm with no belts or couplings. The direct drive, low premium efficient VFD duty motors have spark-resistant construction. The efficient nozzle design has high velocity plume dispersion.