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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Taking a cue from basic management practices, the adage that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure or monitor is just as true in sustainability applications as it is in human relations. All the design efforts created by the architects and engineers for a sustainable research lab structure can be wasted if monitoring and control systems aren’t put in place.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

The latest update seen in LEED v4 provides a small glimpse of the expected changes in where sustainability efforts will be focused over the next several years. While some of the LEED certification changes are a little bit more of the same, just reworded and retitled, changes such as the holistic approach to materials analyses, lifecycle considerations and multiple metering (monitoring) requirements establish new challenges for submitters.

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Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community. Here are some sustainable design resources.

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Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

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New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 6, 2014 5:01 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

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A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

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A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

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Shaping the scientific workplace of the future

June 6, 2014 3:53 pm | by Joseph Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HOK | Comments

As an architect and leader of a large science and technology practice group, I have the privilege of focusing on the inner sanctums of these facilities: the labs. These environments, where architects must balance demands for sophisticated technology with the need for dynamic human interaction, are among the most fascinating spaces we encounter.

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Benefits of branding the lab

June 6, 2014 2:58 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP | Comments

Labs aren’t just research platforms. They’re also workplaces for principal investigators (PIs), researchers, technicians, support staff and others who spend long hours and often weekends in these buildings and spaces. How their work environment looks, feels and functions is critical to the performance of the scientific organization.

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Big Pharma and new directions in the life sciences arena

June 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP | Comments

The life sciences arena has become more fragmented as Big Pharma has become more risk averse, bigger and less agile, and as a more varied group of players have emerged as challengers to Big Pharma’s dominant role. Big Pharma’s size and diminished agility have had two broad impacts.

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The next generation of integrated research facilities

March 31, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael J. Reagan RA, AIA, NCARB and David R. Linamen PE, CEM, LEED AP | Comments

Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.

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Designing labs for lean operation

March 31, 2014 12:36 pm | by Tanya Scharton-Kersten and Tom Reynolds | Comments

The design, layout and placement of labs have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support lean processes—including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization—whereas a “bad” design may create waste and make flow more difficult.

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