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NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

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Earthquake lab tests new design for safer bridges

July 22, 2014 8:22 am | Comments

A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.

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CDC director admits safety problems at germ labs

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health labs that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu. Testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had long thought of the lapses as unrelated accidents.

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The 2014 Best Firms to Work for Awards announced

July 9, 2014 7:34 am | Comments

ZweigWhite has announced the winners of the Best Firms to Work For Ranking. Since the Best Firms to Work For list began in 2001, hundreds of architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels.

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Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

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Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | Comments

As the newest alternative energy research center, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is earning accolades for sustainability and energy conservation. The five-story 104,000-sf research center at Univ. of Wisconsin has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and top honors in commercial design locally.

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Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

June 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

The co-founders of Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinout KGS Buildings have a saying: “All buildings are broken.” Energy wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.

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SOM’s design for UCLA recognized at LA Architectural Awards

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | Comments

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The SOM-designed Univ. of Los Angeles (UCLA) Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences was the winner of the Under Construction Category.

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Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion receives LA Architectural Award

June 16, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

The Los Angeles Business Council recently honored HOK’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards luncheon. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was selected as a winner in the Healthcare category.

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California Health Care Facility Team wins IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award

June 16, 2014 9:31 am | Comments

The HDR project team, part of the Clark-McCarthy a Joint Venture (CMAJV) for the California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Stockton, recently won the 2014 International Partnering Institute's (IPI) Partnered Project of the Year Award.

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Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, 200 Technology Square

June 6, 2014 1:40 pm | Comments

200 Technology Square is a renovation and expansion project that became an experiment in itself. When the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research commissioned Cannon Design to provide architectural services for a lab that was more efficient, flexible and collaborative yet compatible with researchers’ existing workflow, it challenged the design team to create a new organizational and physical paradigm for the research environment.

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Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Univ.

June 6, 2014 1:34 pm | Comments

The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) is a building designed to support academics and students from all disciplines working in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CPC is a research and education hub that is now home to approximately 950 researchers and 1,455 undergraduates.

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Lake Superior College, Health and Science Center

June 6, 2014 1:29 pm | Comments

The new addition to the single building campus of Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn., provides future-oriented facilities for the Health and Science programs while consolidating the widely dispersed areas into this building. Growing out of the bedrock, the building adds 34,000 sf and remodels 5,500 sf of the existing 307,970-sf facility on the main campus.

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Denver Police Dept. Crime Lab

June 4, 2014 8:03 am | Comments

Previously confined to 14,000 sf in police headquarters, the Denver Crime Laboratory Bureau lacked sufficient training space and enough room to manage paperwork for up to 16,000 cases per year. The Durrant/SmithGroupJJR team delivered a forensic facility more than five times larger, simultaneously addressing past constraints through careful planning and communication among stakeholders.

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EMD Millipore announces new CEO

June 3, 2014 2:33 pm | Comments

EMD Millipore has announced the appointment of Udit Batra, PhD, as its incoming President and CEO, responsible for the organization’s strategic direction to drive growth and product innovation, as well as oversight of the worldwide operations.

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LAS promotes John Kisner

June 3, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments

Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) has promoted John Kisner, AIA, LEED AP, director of the firm’s Texas office, to a principal of the architecture and planning firm. Kisner joined LAS in 2008, relocated from Atlanta in late 2011 to become associate director of the Austin office when the firm acquired the assets of TWC Architects, and became office director in 2013.

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