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.
Lehman College’s new Science Facility serves seven different disciplines, housing teaching and...
It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade...
Rutgers recently broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.
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.
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.
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.
TROX USA now offers an integrated RN control valve with its active chilled beams, providing added benefits for constant-volume lab spaces. The circular RN volume flow controller is field adjustable, requires no tools and uses no external power, saving energy and reducing system maintenance.
Kemutec’s Mucon Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV) is a suitable cleanroom pass-thru solution. The IDV provides an effective, hygienic and reliable way to seal around tubes and pipes passing through a wall. The glanding characteristics allow the IDV to gland around irregular-shaped objects and provide a dust and pressure seal.
Mott Manufacturing’s adaptable Optima fume hood allows for personalized ergonomics, changing lab processes and is designed to meet demanding safety standards. The hood features a push-button height-adjustable worksurface that improves ergonomics and accommodates people with disabilities and a self-lowering sash that enhances operator safety and energy savings.
Greenheck’s Vektor-MS inline mixed-flow lab exhaust fan is designed to reduce fan energy in demand-based lab exhaust applications and safely allows variable frequency drives to be applied to the lab exhaust fan. Featuring Sure-Aire noninvasive flow monitoring, the Vektor-MS responds to changes in airflow and static pressure in an occupied space.
Founded by J. Craig Venter, the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is home to staff and scientists with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, high-throughput DNA sequencing, information technology and genomic and environmental policy research.
Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., stands as a symbol of progress in the complex world of energy use and production.
Labconco Corp. has over 80 instructional videos on its Website and YouTube. The video topics range from product installations to operational information to fun science features. The videos are organized by product category. In the fume hood category, for example, there are videos pertaining to all Labconco fume hoods and the accessories available for them.