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How to choose a lab programming/design consultant

December 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by Erik Mollo-Christensen, AIA, Principal | Articles | Comments

Most architects who design labs have considerable experience and knowledge, but some projects have special needs or functions, or require that a program be fully defined before an architect is engaged. There are also an increasing number of projects for which an organization wants a “signature” architect for the sake of marketability and institutional recognition, but these well-known architects aren’t necessarily experienced in lab design.

Designing for the next generation of scientists

December 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Irene Monis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

There has been much speculation about what the academic scientific workplace of the future will...

Can sustainable lab design go mainstream?

December 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and George Karidis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

With 48% of the world’s energy consumed by buildings, and labs near the top of the consumption...

Pushing energy-efficient lab design

December 8, 2014 3:38 pm | by Josh Yacknowitz, PE, LEED AP, Arup | Articles | Comments

Throughout the past 15 years, an emphasis on energy-efficient lab operations has become a major...

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10 strategies for sustainable lab design

December 8, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jacob Knowles, LEED AP BD+C, BR+A Consulting Engineers and Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

Sustainable design has grown in prominence in recent years as most projects aspire to some level of environmentally conscious design. Research institutions now recognize the significant environmental impacts of their lab facilities, and owners are willing to think creatively to reduce resource utilization, improve interior environments and save capital costs.

Flexible design: From startups to big pharma

December 8, 2014 3:01 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Svigals + Partners | Articles | Comments

Trend watchers note flexibility has become the new buzzword for research-bay design. At the same time, there’s a great deal of confusion as to what flexibility means. Among some client groups, the term mistakenly refers to lab space that can be setup within a commercial office building lacking the infrastructure typically needed for vent hoods, cleanrooms and the like.

Abstracts highlight lab sustainability conference

December 8, 2014 2:25 pm | by Phil Wirdzek, President, Executive Direction, I2SL | Articles | Comments

The 2014 I2SL Annual Conference was the 16th consecutive lab sustainability conference for high-tech facility engineers, architects, planners, developers, operators and owners. Formerly known as the Labs21 Annual Conference, the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference showcased the significant accomplishments and experiences of the high-tech facility industry by offering a variety of parallel technical tracks and symposia.

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Energy optimization and reuse through systems integration

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Robert Thompson, PE, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR and Otto Van Geet, PE, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Articles | Comments

Nearly 40% of the total U.S. energy consumption in 2012 was consumed by residential and commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While each building is a consumer of energy, they also contain energy resources that are under-utilized or not even considered as energy resources.

A zero-net-energy teaching lab

December 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center (NTLC) for Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, Mass., brings together currently disparate programs from across campus, including chemistry, biology and medical and dental education. It holds an energy-dense program, including 22 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

Multidisciplinary research building adapts energy conservation, flexibility to meet specific user needs

December 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Tyler Dykes, PE, CDT, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc. | Articles | Comments

The Univ. of Florida (UF) Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona is a four-story, 100,000-sf research and conference center with academic classrooms for graduate-level pharmacy courses, research labs with bioinformatics and specialized lab functions, a call center for clinical research programs associated with the Institute on Aging and administrative office facilities.

Agensys: A happy marriage between energy-efficient design, space flexibility and budget

December 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Don E. Holden, Associate, CPM, Clark, Richardson & Biskup (CRB) Consulting Engineers | Articles | Comments

The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different client sites throughout the city of Santa Monica, Calif., into one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs and support spaces, a GMP manufacturing and pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.

Adapting to platinum: A case study of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Earth Sciences Building

December 8, 2014 10:55 am | by Stan Lew, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, RMW Architecture & Interiors and Richard Stanton, AIA, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

With limited campus space and funds, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory frequently repurposes existing facilities. When Building 74 was slated for seismic retrofitting, it was an opportunity to upgrade the 50-year-old lab and office building to meet modern needs and reconfigure a facility that suffered from a lack of common space and clear circulation.

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Chemistry labs: How the new math changes everything

December 5, 2014 4:50 pm | by Greg Muth, Senior Lab Planner, Wilson Architects and Betsy Blunt, Senior Lab Planner, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | Articles | Comments

We took the opportunity to look at a pair of lab projects for the Univ. Massachusetts Amherst (UMA)—the Life Science Laboratories (LSL) and the Physical Sciences Building (PSB)—and looked at how the approach to ventilation varies by lab type and how the changes in current standards impacted the design to give a sense of where we are headed in the design of chemistry labs and, in particular, fume hoods.

LEED Gold BSL-3 forensics pathology autopsy lab

December 5, 2014 4:39 pm | by Gurdaver Singh, PE, C. Eng, LEED AP, Guttmann & Blaevoet and Russell McElroy, AIA, NCARB, Senior Principal, McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie Inc. | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is an essential forensic medical complex with autopsy suite and field investigation facilities required to operate after an earthquake event. There are four levels of biosafety, from BSL-1 to BSL-4. Further classifications are prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for each of the four BSLs (ABSL-1 to 4) when dealing with animals.

Right-sizing energy-efficient cleanrooms: Lessons learned from Harvard LISE and other peer institutions

December 5, 2014 4:24 pm | by Jacob Werner, Associate, Wilson Architects and Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC | Articles | Comments

Cleanrooms are energy hogs. But cleanroom energy use serves direct experimental needs. How do we balance these demanding requirements against institutional goals for greater sustainability? The Harvard Univ. Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) cleanroom began operation in 2006.

2014 I2SL Annual Conference Go Beyond Award Winners

December 5, 2014 3:47 pm | by Phil Wirdzek, President, Executive Direction, I2SL | Articles | Comments

I2SL is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the 2014 Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to excellence in sustainability in lab and other high-tech facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services and neighboring communities, and contribute to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable designs, systems and products.

Georgia Tech, Engineered Biosystems Building, Atlanta

December 5, 2014 2:46 pm | News | Comments

Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building will provide 218,880 sf of flexible interdisciplinary lab space for researchers collaborating in the fields of chemical biology, cell therapies and systems biology. A principle goal of the design is to foster interaction between chemists, engineers, biologists and computational scientists from two separate colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

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Sensata Technologies, U.S. Headquarters, Attleboro, Mass.

December 5, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Sensata Technologies is a company developing mission critical sensors and electrical protection for use in the aircraft/military, appliance, automotive, electronics, solar, transportation, HVAC/R, industrial and semiconductor industries. Renovations to the company’s U.S. headquarters in Attleboro, Mass., which houses 850 employees, comprise full upgrades to the second floor.

Bioscience Education Center (BEC), Montgomery Community College, Germantown, Md.

December 5, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The BEC, which houses biotechnology, biology and chemistry programs, is located to the southwest of the existing Science and Applied Studies Building (SASB), and is the first building to enclose a new student quad, to be developed within the scope of the project, to the south of the SASB. The quad will foster the connectivity of the south side of the SASB, the BEC and a proposed Student Resources Center (SRC).

Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) Muir College Biology Labs renovation

December 5, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

RBB provided programming planning, design and construction services for the interior renovation within the existing Biology Building at Muir College, built in 1967. The building is a wet-lab research building supporting the Div. of Biological Sciences research. The third floor labs exclusively support biology functions, and were in need of renovation.

@4240, Cortex Innovation Community, St. Louis, Mo.

December 5, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Developer Wexford Science & Technology LLC teamed with HOK and Tarlton Corp. to transform a 1940’s historic phone factory in St. Louis into dynamic lab and research space, earning LEED Platinum. The $73 million renovation created @4240 in the Cortex Innovation Community. It’s designed for flexible tenant solutions.

Oakland Univ. Engineering Center, Rochester, Mich.

December 5, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Oakland Univ.’s Engineering Center (OUEC) provides cutting-edge instructional and R&D space for the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS), whose programs were dispersed over four buildings on the campus. The new OUEC, along with two renovated floors of the existing Dodge Hall of Engineering, consolidates teaching and research functions into a new environment that promotes collaboration and active learning.

Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery Laboratory at Cool Springs Life Science Center (CSLSC)

December 5, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

As a leading academic medical center with an increasingly limited amount of space on campus, Vanderbilt Univ. needed to extend programs beyond the medical center campus. The project consists of the build-out of 13,000 gsf of shell space on the first level of an existing developer-constructed science center.

Wright State Univ. Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, Dayton, Ohio

December 5, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Designed to foster collaboration between neuroscientists, engineers and physicians in the field of human performance research, this four-story building unites teams from Wright State Univ. College of Engineering and the Boonshoft School of Medicine to focus on synergistic opportunities. The focused lab building features an atrium surrounded by research labs, collaboration spaces, office suites and an auditorium.

Univ. of Minnesota Physics & Nanotechnology Building

December 5, 2014 1:28 pm | News | Comments

ZGF Architects LLP, in association with Architectural Alliance, programmed and designed the new Physics and Nanotechnology building at the Univ. of Minnesota (UMN). The project replaces outdated facilities and collocates programs within a new, flexible, interdisciplinary lab located in the heart of UMN’s science district.

Perkins+Will selected best architecture firm by USGBC

December 5, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

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.

NCARB Board approves streamlining, overhauling of the IDP

December 5, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has voted to approve significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), which most states require to satisfy experience requirements for initial licensure as an architect. The changes will only be applicable where adoption has occurred by individual jurisdictional licensing boards.

Windover Construction wins multiple achievement awards

December 5, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Windover Construction has received multiple awards recognizing their work, including the Excellence in Construction Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and two PRISM Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).

Alternatives to flame-retardant building materials

December 5, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Perkins+Will has released new research in response to the need for architects and interior designers to develop a better understanding of flame retardants and their impact on health. Flame retardants in the built environment are associated with a range of health impacts including cancer, endocrine disruption and neurodevelopmental problems.

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