I recently returned from a trade show where a number of manufacturers showed me their high-performance (low-flow) fume hoods. There were claims of energy savings ranging from 40% to 80%. These savings sound great, but I had to ask myself: Does this really fit with my experience? Can we really get these kinds of savings just from using high-performance hoods?
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Mother Nature makes it happen so effortlessly and efficiently: turning sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into the building blocks for fuel for plants, that is. Now, researchers have a new home to replicate Mother Nature’s mysteries. The Solar Energy Research Center opened at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and will house labs and offices devoted to photovoltaic and electrochemical solar energy systems.
The Energy Sciences Building at Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility includes state-of-the-art lab space complete with energy-efficient fume hoods, floors made from post-consumer recycled content and countertops made from 100% recycled glass.
As a building type, labs have historically been the most energy-intensive facilities. This poses a tremendous challenge when designing lab buildings as net-zero energy consumers. A few prototype lab projects with net-zero energy intent do exist, usually with unique conditions of light lab programs and/or favorable climates.
The competitiveness of U.S. high-technology manufacturing in the global marketplace has become an increasingly serious topic in current political and economic debates. Meanwhile, while still ranking number one in many measures, U.S. universities see declining trends in research grant funding, and are urgently searching for new models of collaboration with private industry.
Univ. of the Pacific recently completed renovations on a 395,000-sf, seven-story building located at 155 Fifth Street in San Francisco’s South of Market district. The new Univ. of the Pacific San Francisco Campus is home to the renowned Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as well as other graduate programs in the fields of audiology, music therapy, data analytics and food studies.
Community leaders and politicians joined Morgan State Univ. (MSU) staff and faculty to break ground on the HOK-designed Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center (BSSC) in Baltimore. The 148,000-sf facility is part of MSU’s West Campus Expansion Initiative and is scheduled for summer 2017 completion.
Michaella Wittmann, HDR's director of sustainability, will serve a three-year term as chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)'s new Envision Review Board. The new board will oversee ongoing development of ISI's Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, initially launched in 2012.
Perkins+Will announces the publication of Architecture’s New Edges by Global Sustainability Leader and Board Member Peter Busby. The book has been written for any reader fascinated by the ability of architecture to sustain the environment, rather than allowing the environment to sustain architecture.
AECOM announced that the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Savannah River Operations Office in Aiken, S.C., has extended the current liquid-waste-management contract with AECOM-led Savannah River Remediation LLC for an additional two years. This $797-million extension will run from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017.
For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a modest increase in design activity in March. 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.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features articles on commissioning labs for energy savings, next-generation engineering labs, fast-track project delivery, incubator lab design, fire alarms in animal facilities, forensic lab design and more. The issue also includes news notes, new products and new projects.
The process of scientific investigation—in the simplest of terms—is one of trial-and-error. Researchers test proof-of-concept and then reposition their focus based on data. The idea is to fail quickly, to get to the desired result sooner. The design process is similarly iterative. Solving for user’s needs and anticipating challenges often requires a search and discovery approach to the built environment.
Partnerships between universities and businesses are nothing new, but these partnerships have become especially relevant in the face of increasing economic pressure and global competition, the need for interdisciplinary approaches and the growing complexity of the problems need solutions.
The design of labs for sustainable construction and operation has become a major driver in the A/E/C industry over the past 10 to 15 years. These days, most lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum—and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.
Simulation centers are often located in the basement or unused space of hospitals, universities and research centers. In some cases, they are a facilities best-kept secret, as they provide a wealth of learning and activities to prep workers for real-world situations. Most are also architecturally nondescript.