Perkins+Will is this year’s winner of the “Best Architecture Firm – Large” award as part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s first annual Best in Building Awards. The Best in Building Awards celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in “green” building.
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The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.
Kent State Univ.’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology Building includes 14,000 nsf of research and teaching lab and lab support space in a 55,200-gsf building for the school of engineering. It houses labs for electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, applied engineering, construction management, environmental design and fuel cell research.
Helios SERC scientists are developing solar-driven chemical converters that will create transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Centered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, this program includes experts from LBNL, Univ. of California Berkeley and partners from several other universities.
Designed for Partners In Health, the new home for Haiti’s National Pathology and Microbiology Reference Lab provides high-level lab space for clinical pathology and microbiology, including BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs, and addresses the critical need to diagnose and treat disease in Haiti.
The Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the ACSA, announced a new member Request for Qualifications will be available September 1 as part of an expansion of the AIA’s ongoing Design & Health Research Consortium, which helps translate research into the influence design has on public health for the public, policymakers, design and public health professionals.
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.
A new study provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems. The study is the first step toward science-based flushing protocols that can be applied to recover from a drinking water contamination incident.
Though U.S. architecture firms are still recovering from the Great Recession, overall business conditions are improving allowing an increase in compensation for architecture positions. Compensation across the profession increased an average of 1.8%/yr over the 2013–14 period.
17,125 nsf of lab and lab support space in a 77,690-gsf building for the Depts. of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Technology/Engineering and the Univ. of Washington. Facility includes teaching labs, such as environmental science, geology, life science, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry and software development, as well as student/faculty research space.
The building houses many educational and research labs critical to enhancing the department’s global impact. Research is directed toward biosystems engineering through the use of biosensors, image analysis, biological systems modeling and the design and control of biological systems and processes. Biorenewable and biofuels products and processes are an important focus of these research efforts.
Helium is a finite resource required to perform low-temperature applications in a once-through process where compressed liquid helium is inserted into a cryostat and gaseous helium, created as the liquid boils, is expelled into the atmosphere. As the quantity of known helium is decreasing, the market cost rises, resulting in the reduction of start-ups and lower quality of ongoing work.
JM Coull recently completed construction services for a two-phase renovation project at Acton Medical Associates’ primary location at 321 Main Street in Acton, Mass. Work was performed in some of the facility’s busiest areas, including ultrasound, phlebotomy and reception.
At the 2015 Annual Business Meeting of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Member Boards agreed to discontinue the current Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program in favor of a simplified alternative for receiving an NCARB Certificate.
Responding to the call to reinvent university science instruction, Virginia Tech’s new classroom building is poised to create “a bona fide learning revolution.” Slated for completion in 2016, the EYP-designed 73,400-sf facility will offer flexible, innovative teaching spaces that are “radically different” from anything previously seen on the Blacksburg campus.