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AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

September 15, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award 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.

Parker celebrates opening of new innovation center

September 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corp. announced the formal opening of its Polymer Innovation Center at the...

Wisconsin Energy Institute lab casework design

September 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design?...

Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM...

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Cool roofs in China can save energy, reduce emissions

September 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by Julie Chao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Working with Chinese researchers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

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Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

August 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.

Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.

The future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Articles | Comments

The mandate of flexible, interdisciplinary teaching and learning spaces is becoming a common provision in the design of today’s academic science buildings. Designers must interpret an institution’s need for flexibility beyond a basic lab planning or classroom module. A strong understanding of adaptable design can help facilitate a model of interdisciplinary study that extends beyond campus boundaries.

A researcher’s lab

August 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade ago that facilities have grown and evolved to accommodate researcher’s needs when planning lab space. As labs are very equipment- and infrastructure-intensive, placing them in the core of a building sometimes seems logical as they may have shorter duct and utility runs, light sensitivity and provide efficient circulation for material and waste.

Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., stands as a symbol of progress in the complex world of energy use and production.

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Labconco instructional videos available

August 8, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Labconco Corp. has over 80 instructional videos on its Website and YouTube. The video topics range from product installations to operational information to fun science features. The videos are organized by product category. In the fume hood category, for example, there are videos pertaining to all Labconco fume hoods and the accessories available for them.

Architecture Billings Index mired in slowdown

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

Rutgers breaks ground for new sustainable design building

August 5, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Rutgers recently broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building. Designed by Flad Architects, the building features flexible labs, modern instructional space and a layout that embraces the informal interaction and collaboration needs of a scientific community.

SmithGroupJJR reaches 100 LEED certified projects

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR, a long-time leader of sustainable design, has reached the 100 LEED project milestone. The firm recently achieved its 100th LEED-certified project: the LEED-NC Platinum Oakland Univ. Human Health Building, constructed in Rochester, Mich.

Scott Rawlings joins Payette as principal

August 5, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Payette has welcomed Scott Rawlings, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, as a principal and healthcare practice leader. Rawlings joins Payette with over 20 years of experience focused solely on the development of healthcare architecture. Serving as design team leader for projects around the world, he has experience with every scale of healthcare project.

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Phil Duff joins HDR

August 5, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Phil Duff, AIA, has joined HDR as VP and managing principal of the firm's architecture office in Seattle. As managing principal, Duff will oversee the operations and business development functions of the office and ensure design innovation remains at the forefront of every healthcare, S&T and civic project designed in the Northwest.

Lisa Brinkman joins HOK’s on-site services team

August 5, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Lisa Brinkman has joined HOK’s On-Site Services practice as vice president and regional leader, based in New York. With more than 30 years of experience, Brinkman will guide service delivery, support the on-site teams and strengthen local client relationships.

SSOE Group announces new president, CEO

August 5, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) firm. Effective December 3, 2014, Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.

Rodriguez welcomes new senior engineer

August 5, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Rodriguez Consulting has hired Sara Poindexter, PE, as a senior engineer in its Philadelphia office. Poindexter will manage major projects involving storm water management and public utilities infrastructure. Poindexter has worked for more than 10 years in the field while living in Orlando, Fla.

JM Coull expands staff

August 5, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

JM Coull Inc. has announced the addition of Shauna DiCecca as office administrator. A resident of Lowell, Mass., DiCecca is originally from Chelmsford and graduated from Assumption College in Worcester in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

The 2014 Best Firms to Work for Awards announced

July 9, 2014 7:34 am | News | 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.

Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | News | 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.

BSL3 Facilities: Design, Construction and Beyond

June 24, 2014 4:26 pm | Events

If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. You should attend this course if you are a design engineer, facility manager, architect, commission agent, or anyone that is involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL-3 lab.

Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

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

SOM’s design for UCLA recognized at LA Architectural Awards

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | News | 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.

Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion receives LA Architectural Award

June 16, 2014 9:36 am | News | 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.

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

June 16, 2014 9:31 am | News | 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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