The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, has won the Grow award category in the 2012 Annual Design Review competition of Architect magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Architects. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 625,000-ft2 building provides a unified campus.
In a report that may seem counterintuitive, New York City has revealed that some of its old buildings are more energy efficient than new, LEED-certified ones. A law passed in 2009 requires private-building owners to report a variety of sustainability data.
A new solar cell developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., represents a breakthrough in photovoltaic efficiency. The cell "outsmarts the solar spectrum" with a record 44% efficiency at 947 suns, and was recently recognized with a coveted R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.
Novelis, the world's largest producer of rolled aluminum and a global leader in beverage-can recycling, has opened its new Global Research & Technology Center not far from its Atlanta-based corporate headquarters. The building, previously office and empty warehouse space for a chemical manufacturer, has been transformed into materials development and testing laboratories.
Project consists of a fit-out of the top four floors of rentable space in the MaRS Centre Phase 2 Tower in downtown Toronto. The facility will allow the agency to accommodate modern testing platforms, and to improve capabilities for molecular diagnostic testing and research.
Sartorius' arium pro ASTM Type1 water purification systems are designed for sophisticated users to meet all requirements for reagent-grade water needed both for critical applications and routine analyses. The arium pro series offers four different versions, designed for reliable and optimal analytical results, as well as ease of use.
Aquionics' new UV-Pearl is the world's first water disinfection system to use UV-C LED technology, allowing instant full intensity on start-up and mercury-free water treatment. The compact system can operate as a stand-alone unit or be easily integrated into OEM devices, ultrapure water generators, process water loops, medical sterilization equipment, and many other point-of-use applications.
Firms involved in designing and building laboratory and science properties might be looking east in the next few years, if seeking growth markets. According to the 55th annual "R&D Funding Forecast," a joint project of R&D Magazine and Battelle, combined government and industrial R&D organizations of the U.S. and Europe will fail to even match their inflation rates.
The Homeland Security Education Center at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill., has received a Best Project award in the Higher Education/Research category in an annual design completion run by ENR Midwest magazine. The 64,000-ft2 facility prepares first responders for coping with international and domestic terrorist acts as well as man-made and natural disasters.
The Architecture Buildings Index of the American Institute of Architects gained ground in November: the fourth consecutive monthly rise in the much-watched economic indicator. The national ABI was 53.2: the highest score in five years. (Any score higher than 50 indicates an increase in billings).
New building codes have been crafted to make the District of Columbia a national leader in sustainable construction. The district intends to adopt the 2012 version of the ICC model building codes, rather than the easier-to-attain 2009 version; it currently follows the 2006 version.
A new report by the International Council of Chemical Associations indicates that innovations in chemistry (particularly in the area of lower-carbon fuels) could lead to a 41% reduction in energy use and a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
New three-story building encompasses 10 biology laboratories, including an instrumentation room and tissue research center, plus a physics laboratory, six chemistry laboratories, and 24 conventional classrooms. The building also houses the CCC Dental Hygiene Clinic, consisting of 25 dental chairs and a dental materials laboratory, as well as the college's nursing program.
Facility supports energy research, including high-efficiency combustion engines, biomass gasification kinetics, biochemical-enzymatic conversion of biomass materials, and capture of carbon dioxide from power plants and combustion engines. The laboratory includes more than 8,000 ft2 of high-bay space.
The new 1655 Series controllers, from Triatek, control fume hoods as well as rooms with patent-pending Safety Halo technology. Employees can now more easily see room or hood status because the status notification viewing angle has been increased to 180 degrees thanks to proprietary edge lighting.