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NIH opens new research facility

April 7, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health held a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31 to April 1, 2014, to celebrate the completion of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. This state-of-the-art facility brings together neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers across the NIH in an effort to spur new advances in our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.

SmithGroupJJR names Tim Tracey as director of Chicago office

April 7, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR has named Tim Tracey, AIA, as director of its Chicago office. He was previously...

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 | Articles | Comments

Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct...

R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last...

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R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.

Designing labs for lean operation

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

The increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes

March 31, 2014 11:51 am | by Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP and Charles Klee, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

For a long time, the thermal performance of façades in research buildings has been undervalued because of the large volumes of air being moved through the space. Using the arsenal of strategies currently available to lab designers, air volumes in many contemporary research labs have been reduced to the minimums needed to maintain health and safety.

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Remaining nimble in a competitive research market: Strategies for a cost-effective project

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and Jon Romig | Articles | Comments

Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.

Univ. of Florida Clinical Translational Building, Gainesville, Fla.

March 31, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

The Univ. of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) serves as the headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF and in the state. The building houses patient-oriented research venues for the Institute on Aging and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as several research groups studying topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, muscular dystrophy and health outcomes and policy.

How Lab Space is Changing

March 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Bill Harris, Principal, Regional Practice Leader for Science and Technology, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.

NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

March 17, 2014 9:55 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.

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R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.

Time is running out to register for the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

March 13, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only three weeks away, with registration ending on March 31st. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussion about hot-button trends in laboratory design is coming to Boston, April 2-4th.

Submit your new lab projects to Lab Design

March 3, 2014 10:08 pm | News | Comments

Laboratory Design Newsletter features new lab construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects in each issue and also online. The new projects section of the website hosts a large variety of lab builds in academic, medical, private, commercial, and government labs. 

Google opts to move floating lab

March 3, 2014 6:15 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Videos | Comments

Dubbed the "mystery barge," due to the secrecy surrounding its purpose, the project built from shipping containers made a quietly orchestrated appearance at a pier last fall. Google is towing the barge to a new location to avoid fines.

J. Craig Venter Institute Genomic Lab, La Jolla, Calif.

March 1, 2014 6:23 pm | News | Comments

The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-sf office wing and a single-story, 12,605-sf lab wing. The light-filled labs have 14-ft-high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides.            

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R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

Eight reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Patrice Galvin | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.                                           

Stonehill & Taylor create research center for NY psychiatric institute

February 17, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

The renovation of a 10,950-sf lab facility in the KOLB Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute aimed to create a comfortable research and collaboration environment for scientists studying molecular therapeutics. The new research and education center includes open labs, as well as specialty procedure rooms for microscopy, electrophysiology, fly behavior and histology.

Remaking the engineering building: Repositioning strategies for success

February 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA and Christopher P. Vanneste | Articles | Comments

Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions are talking today about how they are “repositioning” their engineering facilities. The approach— sometimes part of an overhaul extending into various departments—is seen as a way to remake existing, purpose- built centers to better serve today’s research activities and student-centered academics.

Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.

February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments

Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.

PPG launches interactive architectural glass project photo gallery

January 20, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

The expanded photo gallery now includes Google Maps technology to show and provide directions to exact building locations. Visitors also can search and sort projects according to architect, glass fabricator, glazing contractor and “best fit” or “close” matches.

Two research facilities make Architect editors' choice

January 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Patrice Galvin | News | Comments

The EcoHawks Research Facility (Lawrence, Kan.) designed by Studio 804 and the Halley VI Research Station (Antarctica) designed by Hugh Broughton Architects were selected as some of the most exciting designs of 2013. The EcoHawks facility was recently highlighted by Laboratory Design in the new projects section.

Mobile underwater lab based on space travel

January 6, 2014 6:31 pm | News | Comments

Modular, multidisciplinary labs, including a scientific wet lab, will study the ocean's ecosystem, marine biodiversity and research into marine-related applications for health, industry and food. In addition to labs, there are diving platforms and an underwater garage for AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and submersive vehicles.

December 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

January 6, 2014 2:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on high-performance teaming. Other features include an in-depth look at chilled beam installation, maximizing efficiency by design, sustainable renovation, sustainable vacuum technologies, applying BAS to help users conserve energy, net-zero energy labs and more.

Newest alternate energy research facility in the U.S. designed by HOK

January 6, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

The five-story, 104,000-sf Wisconsin Energy Institute, on the Univ. of Wisconsin campus in Madison, was designed by the St. Louis office of HOK and Madison-based Potter Lawson. The $57.1 million facility hosts renewable energy systems research.

Research station designed to withstand Antarctic challenges

January 3, 2014 2:32 pm | Videos | Comments

The challenges in the design and construction of this mobile facility in Antarctia was to prevent the sixth station from floating off on an ice break as four of the previous stations did, and building in temperatures as low as -30 F.

MARBIONC facilty holds grand opening

December 16, 2013 7:19 pm | Videos | Comments

The 69,000-sf interdisciplinary research facility will house MARBIONC Development Group, LLC, a not-for-profit entity associated with the Center for Marine Science, as well as other companies interested in access to the most advanced biotech labs and equipment on the East Coast.

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