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Achieving ambitious STEM objectives efficiently and economically

March 25, 2015 9:41 am | by Steven Gifford, AIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Is it possible to design a learning and research center that maximizes efficiency while accelerating interdisciplinary discovery that often happens within informal spaces outside classrooms and labs? Colleges and universities are recognizing the need to provide informal research and learning places in addition to flexible labs and classrooms.

Core facilities respond to changing scientific research needs

March 23, 2015 10:53 am | by Hal Spiers, LEED BD+C, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Adaptability and flexibility are key ingredients to successful lab planning and design. As the...

Immersive learning at Clemson Univ.’s Watt Family Innovation Center

March 18, 2015 11:47 am | by Stacy Robinson, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Senior Associate and Floyd Cline, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

Academic institutions are seeing significant shifts in pedagogy in response to advances in...

Seven reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

The 2015 Laboratory Design Conference is open for registration. Your opportunity to learn,...

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The core of flexibility

February 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by Ronald Blanchard, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Flexibility in research labs has been a universal goal in recent years. Components that contribute to flexibility include lab casework systems and utility connections, zoning specific areas of a building and programming. In many situations, flexibility is solely focused on the solutions possible within the typical lab area vs. a more holistic look at the larger view of the research ecosystem.

Interdisciplinary science in the liberal arts tradition

February 20, 2015 3:21 pm | by Matthew Cotton, AIA, Principal and Sarah Johnson, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman, Boston | Articles | Comments

Many higher education institutions are struggling to meet a broad spectrum of facilities recapitalization needs that return the greatest benefit to the campus. These needs include capital improvements to flexible facilities that support contemporary learning and create an interactive, collaborative experience for the broad and evolving campus community.

Sustainability in labs

February 20, 2015 10:44 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

The typical lab building is an energy hog. These buildings house complex environments heavy on equipment and infrastructure and are regulated by strict code requirements. While the basics of green architecture create a strong backbone for sustainable lab environments, a truly successful green lab strategy strives to contribute to the occupants’ comfort while addressing a need for constant change, heavy energy usage and waste regulations.

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New methods for optimizing flexibility in research environments

February 20, 2015 10:24 am | by Randy Kray, AIA, OAA, MAA, HOK | Articles | Comments

How do we design labs for future uses that haven’t been defined? Today’s interdisciplinary approach to scientific research requires synergistic, extremely flexible lab spaces that accommodate the needs of diverse users. To support the growing convergence of scientific disciplines and quickly evolving technologies, organizations must provide flexible research environments that allow for efficient short- and long-term changes.

How to be a great first-time user representative

February 19, 2015 4:57 pm | by J. Erik Mollo-Christensen, AIA, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Inc. | Articles | Comments

Do you have what it takes to provide input for the design of a new building? Good researchers and good user representatives often share similar qualities. User representatives are the primary link between the designers and the functional requirements of a lab project. They provide the expertise the design team needs to shape the general planning parameters.

THERMal analysis aids in energy efficiency

February 9, 2015 8:42 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a well-known fact that labs consume four times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. And while ventilation and plug loads account for much of this energy use, proper design and detailing of building envelopes can have a significant impact on the energy demands of lab buildings.

How do you define translational research?

January 15, 2015 11:41 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Translational research is a paradigm for research designed to enable innovative thinking by leveraging the benefits of collaboration. The term first emerged in the mid-1990s in reference to cancer studies spanning basic science and clinical research. Over the last two decades, the definition of translational research has broadened and evolved through continuous analysis, debate and reinterpretation.

The polarization of the research environment

January 14, 2015 2:16 pm | by Jeffrey R. Zynda, Assoc. AIA, Science Practice Leader & Associate Principal, Payette | Articles | Comments

One of the perennial questions in the lab design conversation is “what’s the future of the research lab?” One viewpoint on this issue is the research lab environment will become more “polarized”. In other words, the generic research lab will become more generic, and the specialized research lab spaces will become more specialized and idiosyncratic.

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The three “Cs” of overcoming accelerated project timelines

January 13, 2015 10:36 am | by David Bendet, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Andrew Russell, LEED AP, Technical Designer, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

It’s not unusual for architects and developers to be faced with tight time constraints, but occasionally the timeframe goes beyond tight. Completing a project on an extremely accelerated schedule presents many challenges, all of which can be daunting even to highly experienced teams.

The dichotomy of designing for science

January 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C), Associate and the Sustainability Practice Leader, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

Lab design has experienced a surge of high design in recent years. As a parallel, the perception of “mad scientists” reclusively tinkering in hidden lairs has shifted. Today, the expanding climate of scientific discovery demands researchers collaborate and engage more with society and nature.

Steps toward sustainable high-containment labs

January 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Jeff Serle, SVP and GM Germfree Laboratories Inc., Ormond Beach, Fla. | Articles | Comments

With the recent news about Ebola, MERS, extremely drug-resistant TB and other emerging and re-emerging diseases, the world-wide need for high-containment laboratories is at an all-time high. These laboratories are highly complex buildings that serve as a barrier between the dangerous pathogens handled in the laboratory and the surrounding environment.

How heat pumps, filtered fume hoods can help achieve ZNE

January 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Jacob Knowles, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A Consulting Engineers and James Moses, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sasaki Associates | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center for Bristol Community College, Fall River, Mass., brings together disparate programs—chemistry, biology, medical and dental education—holding energy-dense uses, including 18 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

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.

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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 look like. As young scientists enter the post-doctoral and faculty ranks and recent college graduates enter graduate school, architects and lab planners will need to re-think the way we design research environments so these facilities will best serve the next generation of scientists.

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 range by building type, these power-intensive facilities are now viewed with much more scrutiny. Consider an average office building runs on 3 W/sf and 100 kBtu/sf/yr, whereas a lab can use 15 W/sf and 300 to 500 kBtu/sf/yr—five times that of other buildings.

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.

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.

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.

BIM offers university tools and capabilities that support their O&Ms and facilities management

December 8, 2014 11:58 am | by Matt Meyer, Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how BIM, created for a university research lab facility, can be successfully leveraged by an owner beyond initial building construction. Through the example of the new Univ. of Colorado at Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, we will illustrate how the university and facilities management staff played an integral part of the construction BIM coordination process.

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.

Design and construction trends in lab safety, resiliency

December 1, 2014 12:12 pm | by William R. Brody, VP, B.R. Fries & Associates and Christopher Zelisko, Senior Associate, Jack L. Gordon Architects | Articles | Comments

With recent trends in global climate change linked to severe weather incidents, and with the threats of Ebola and other potentially life-threatening challenges on the horizon, today’s lab facilities are being reconsidered, re-evaluated and, in many cases, redesigned and renovated to meet these challenges. Part of the challenge is to accommodate issues endemic to the research work underway.

A face lift for aeronautics and technology facility

December 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Wilk, Wilk Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

The leadership, faculty and students of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and the project team of Ensign Engineering, Stalco Construction and John Ciardullo Associates celebrated the completion of a multi-phase expansion, renovation and sound abatement project at the College’s main campus in Flushing, N.Y.

Teaming for success

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Michael P. Vascellaro, AIA, NCARB | Articles | Comments

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.

Academic building aims at LEED Gold

November 13, 2014 12:37 pm | by Roger P. Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Joseph B. Rettig, AIA, LEED AP and Tracy Hansen, RA, BBS Architects | Articles | Comments

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.

Designing a LEED Platinum science facility

October 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Rene Rotolo, AVP Campus Planning, Lehman College and Robert Goodwin, Design Director and Principal, Breeze Glazer, Sustainability Leader and Senior Associate and Julio Colon, Project Architect and Senior Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

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.

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