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Navigating the decision-making matrix of science

November 18, 2015 | by Hal Spiers, LEED AP, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Providing design services to a diverse set of scientific clients comes with specific challenges. Not only are their scientific needs unique, so are their organizational styles. Engaging a client in the design process requires sensitivity to how the client communicates, manages information and makes decisions.

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Promoting wellness

November 18, 2015 8:35 am | by Dan Watch, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American architects and urban reformers helped defeat cholera, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases by improving buildings, neighborhoods and water systems. Today’s designers can help combat the biggest public health epidemic of our time: obesity and its related chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.


Resiliency is essential for lab designers

November 9, 2015 10:37 am | by Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED Faculty, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

Resiliency in design, defined briefly as the ability to quickly recover from disruption, has become a foremost consideration for clients looking to mitigate risk and a changing climate. This is especially of concern in urbanized areas where potentially overlapping disasters can cause catastrophic results, including loss of life and property damage.


The new frontier in glazing: Room-side low-e coatings?

October 20, 2015 9:09 am | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect at Payette | Articles | Comments

Windows are an invaluable architectural feature to lab design. They provide daylight and views to the exterior. Many studies support the benefits of windows on occupant mood and productivity. However, windows are five to eight times less resistant to heat transfer than a solid wall, and while the insulative values for windows are improving, they still pale in comparison to those for a solid wall.


Trends in lab vacuum technology

October 19, 2015 7:24 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the most notable trends in lab vacuum technology is the movement away from central vacuum supply in new science buildings. This trend is consistent with owners’ objectives to have facilities that are adaptable as science changes, as budgets rise and fall and programs respond.


ABI backslides slightly

October 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. 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.


A sustainable cleanroom/lab complex

October 14, 2015 12:00 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

With any lab environment, lab designers are concerned about hazards and chemicals, and plan the safest lab they can for the given science conducted. The biggest job is to keep these hazards and chemicals away from the staff, which can be done in multiple ways. One way, and probably the most common, is fume hoods.


Planning for resiliency

October 13, 2015 10:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Over the past 10 to 15 years, the lab design industry has seen buildings designed more around environmental issues. Lab designers/planners have risen to the call to provide more efficient buildings, while being better stewards of resources.


Solving for the unknown

October 12, 2015 4:00 pm | by Bryan Thorp, AIA, LEED AP and Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED AP, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge | Articles | Comments

The ideal scenario for a lab design team is predictability. Knowing precisely what the capital equipment requirements are and who the lab users will be, then developing a design, budget and schedule based on this information, is beneficial in reducing risk.


Deconstructing collaboration: Does architecture really matter?

October 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, Gensler | Articles | Comments

There have been many famous collaborations that have led to breakthroughs and revolutions that have changed the course of history: The Manhattan Project brought us the atomic age; Crick, Wilkins and Watson cracked the code of life; and Larry Page and Sergey Brin brought us Google.


National labs accelerate collaboration

October 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Sara Eastman, RA, Saul Jabbawy and Ted Newell, AIA, EwingCole | Articles | Comments

When the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s system of national labs was formed, the U.S. was deep in the Cold War. Competition with the Soviets permeated scientific research, most famously in the space program and chemical weaponry, and the country was paralyzed with fear secrets would be leaked.


Leveraging BIM to elevate design of modern lab spaces

October 9, 2015 4:45 pm | by Lina Stinnett, Associate AIA, Regional BIM Director, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

Research environments are complex spaces that require a significant amount of lab planning to satisfy the researchers’ needs within that facility. The lab spaces not only need to provide the flexibility and intimacy researchers are seeking, but also accommodate highly specialized equipment specific to their kind of research.


Kent State Univ., College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology, Kent, Ohio

October 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | News | Comments

Kent State Univ.’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology Building includes 14,000 nsf of research and teaching lab and lab support space in a 55,200-gsf building for the school of engineering. It houses labs for electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, applied engineering, construction management, environmental design and fuel cell research.


Designing high-performance sustainable labs on a budget

October 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Two of the biggest issues faced in the lab design industry are arguably budgets and funding. With a slow resurgence from the recent recession, funding from the NIH and NSF has decreased for lab construction, operation and research. And with this trend, many organizations look to renovations instead of new builds for their needs.


Marrying the old with the new

October 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Brian Campa, Cooper Carry | Articles | Comments

Located in metropolitan Atlanta, Emory Univ. is one of the world’s leading research universities and the fourth largest contributor in the nation to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines among public-sector research institutions.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), Berkeley, Calif.

October 8, 2015 11:45 am | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | News | Comments

Helios SERC scientists are developing solar-driven chemical converters that will create transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Centered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, this program includes experts from LBNL, Univ. of California Berkeley and partners from several other universities.



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