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R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last five years has marked an increase in the level of scrutiny applied to projects to assure maximum ROI. The early design process demands greater economic analysis of lifecycle costs to reduce operating and energy costs and optimize environmental performance.

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Laboratory Design Connection

PNNL to tackle future grid challenges through new facility, capabilities

August 20, 2015 8:41 am | by Dawn Zimmerman, PNNL Videos Comments

With the opening this week of the Systems Engineering Building at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a new suite of capabilities becomes available to researchers and industry to tackle the nation's top challenges in grid modernization, buildings efficiency and renewable energy integration.


Univ. at Buffalo releases time-lapse video and design details of new medical school facility

August 4, 2015 3:40 pm | by HOK Videos Comments

The Univ. at Buffalo has launched a new Website documenting design and construction of the university’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility, designed by HOK.


Science Connect: Positive Energy: Sustaining a Great Lab Environment

April 20, 2015 8:57 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

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.


Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 17, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.


Science Connect: The Translational Approach

April 16, 2015 8:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

Translational research is a paradigm for research designed to enable innovative thinking by leveraging the benefits of collaboration. First emerging in the mid-1990s in reference to cancer studies spanning basic science, over the past two decades the definition has broadened and evolved.


Science Connect: Flexibility Built In

April 14, 2015 2:39 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

Flexibility is critical when considering the future of science, research and lab environments. However, research needs down the road are difficult to predict, and flexibility is hard to define. Yet, reducing a facility’s flexibility may mean the loss of spare engineering capacities/infrastructures, services planning and space for anticipated growth and fit-out.


Science Connect: The Evolving Lab Environment

April 9, 2015 11:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

Science is evolving: It’s becoming more translational and multidisciplinary in nature. Just as science evolves, so do lab environments. Most lab environments are now designed to be more open and not just meant for one discipline—today, biologists may work next to chemists, or chemists work alongside physicists, and so on.


Science Connect: Sexy Laboratories

April 7, 2015 11:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor Videos Comments

Sometimes just reading about great lab and building design isn’t enough. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the annual Laboratory Design Conference allows our attendees to view some of the most sexy, most well-planned and most sustainable labs there are in the host city.


FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am Videos Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's FLEXLAB at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy-efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions.


NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 22, 2014 7:50 am | by Mark Bello, NIST Videos Comments

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.


3-D printer builds 10 houses in one day

May 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor Videos Comments

WinSun, a private company located in eastern China, has printed 10 full-size houses using a 3-D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes 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.


R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor Videos Comments

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.


Video highlights 2014 Lab Design Conference

January 29, 2014 5:16 pm Videos Comments

There's still time to make plans to attend the 2014 Lab Design Conference. With a terrific line-up of speakers and tours of exceptional lab facilities in the Boston area, the conference continues to be a valuable resource for all those involved in lab design/build and operations.


$24M crime lab construction underway in Shreveport

January 20, 2014 11:10 am Videos Comments

The 94,000-sf North Louisiana Forensic Science Center will be located on the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine campus. The facility is being constructed using $24 million in capital outlay funds from the state. Construction is expected to take 18 months and will feature classrooms and equipment.  


Cofactor Genomics opens $3.8m HQ-lab in St. Louis

January 17, 2014 3:00 pm Videos Comments

The renovated 10,000-sf facility will house the company's headquarters, sequencing labs and data analysis offices. Cofactor Genomics is a Contract Research Organization that was founded in St. Louis in 2008 to provide beginning-to-end DNA sequencing, analysis and experimental design solutions to both private and public clients.



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