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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Building information modeling (BIM), now a standard tool throughout most architecture sectors, is critical for complex building types like healthcare and lab projects. Clients are finding great use for these models in facilities maintenance and long-term campus facilities planning. Owners also see great benefit with BIM, as many are interested in the long-term maintenance and scheduling abilities it offers.
Often adversity is the best catalyst for change—forcing one to adapt to new conditions. And perhaps it’s the economic adversity of late that has spawned change in the biopharmaceutical industry, forcing members to take cooperative action for the betterment of a common goal.
Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) leadership, local and state elected officials, community leaders and representatives of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers and J. Petrocelli Contracting have officially opened the new, $29.8-million William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building. The structure is aiming at LEED Gold certification.
In the ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer market there’s a continued focus on sample protection. As users store priceless samples, they need to have ULT freezers that provide them with quick recovery and uniformity after door openings. However, for most users, the trend is pointing to energy efficiency and cost, as ULT freezers cost as much to operate in a year as an average American household, according to the Univ. of California, Davis.
There’s a common perception that pursuing LEED certification for most building types is difficult and cost prohibitive. This perception only grows when considering the highest level of LEED certification, Platinum, in relation to lab design, which is considered one of the most complex building types.
A versatile, robust and mobile design station can be economically constructed by integrating off-the-shelf components with a clever custom framework. Ten such design stations are performing wonderfully in the new Center for the Sciences and Innovation at Trinity Univ. Each unit supports the engineering design process from brainstorming and prototype design through construction and testing.
Innovative thinking drives all scientific research. Scientists require spaces that allow them the freedom to work in a variety of ways. Designing lab buildings is a complicated endeavor for any design team. To have a successful project the architect and scientist must learn to communicate and speak each other’s language.
Many energy-efficiency strategies are often viewed in isolation, not allowing projects to realize their full potential. When viewed as part of the cooling system, the integration of a high-performance envelope with exterior shading is able to decrease the size of equipment needed.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), based in Bar Harbor, Maine, operates at the forefront of genomic research. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)’s challenge as co-designer of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX GM) in Farmington, Conn., was to ensure that the research environment can respond quickly to shifts in research focus that are necessary to support these advances in personalized medicine.
Research labs by their nature are complex. They involve careful and time-consuming consideration throughout planning, design and construction to ensure spaces meet quality and testing requirements, and are flexible enough to meet the demands of various users without enduring the costs of repeated renovations.
Rapid technological advances, scientific leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities. Concurrent with this shift in research and how it’s conducted is a move toward collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Leveraging the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups often leads to extraordinary results.
Interdisciplinary collaboration has become paramount to academic and corporate-based research. Collaboration is likely to occur only in an environment that enables and enhances interaction among researchers. Departing from the traditional lab environment, a “liquid lab” design maximizes the adaptability of a space, the fluidity of the changing research and the researcher’s access to collaborative space.
An emerging trend in delivering science and research buildings is “developer-led, build-to-suit construction” leased back to the corporate or institutional tenant. While offering many attractive features, this delivery model inevitably creates tension around design, schedule, budget and cost allocations between the core/shell (C/S) and tenant improvement (TI) projects.
Lab design must begin with a clear understanding of the research mission it will support. The underlying philosophy of the institution is a critical element of the lab design brief, informing every decision including the placement of interaction zones that foster innovation.
The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.