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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Research labs by their nature are complex. They involve careful and time-consuming consideration throughout planning, design and construction to ensure spaces meet quality and testing requirements, and are flexible enough to meet the demands of various users without enduring the costs of repeated renovations.
Rapid technological advances, scientific leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities. Concurrent with this shift in research and how it’s conducted is a move toward collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Leveraging the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups often leads to extraordinary results.
Interdisciplinary collaboration has become paramount to academic and corporate-based research. Collaboration is likely to occur only in an environment that enables and enhances interaction among researchers. Departing from the traditional lab environment, a “liquid lab” design maximizes the adaptability of a space, the fluidity of the changing research and the researcher’s access to collaborative space.
As one of the world’s premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment attempts to understand the Earth, its inhabitants and the environment as an integrated whole by addressing the critical issues of climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation and human and environmental health.
Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Replacing the aging 1950s facility, the new command and control headquarters facility and radiochemistry lab will house approximately 1,000 personnel.
The 230,000-gsf facility will make a visual statement about the stature of the ECE Dept. at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a distinct, stately architecture with quality finishes, and memorable views, portraying a professional and innovative image while remaining appropriate to the architectural context of the north engineering quad.
The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.
Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) kicked off its new building project design on July 10, 2009, with a goal setting session. What resulted was a group of over 200 “stakeholders” in true Madison, Wisc., fashion, who realized their chance to be heard and address their goals for the WEI.
The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 49th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design? What new lab features help researchers focus on their science goals? They’re generally features and designs that bring resources to researchers without additional expenditure. Functional and flexible casework can also be pleasing to the eye with simple lines, and heavy duty to withstand heavy use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health labs that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu. Testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had long thought of the lapses as unrelated accidents.
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.
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.
Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.
The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.
The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.
Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.
In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.
Each year, many entries are entered into R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year competition; but only a select few win. However, each entry exhibits trends in modern lab design. From flexibility to sustainability to collaboration, these trends showcase the best design options for lab facilities today and for the future.
As an architect and leader of a large science and technology practice group, I have the privilege of focusing on the inner sanctums of these facilities: the labs. These environments, where architects must balance demands for sophisticated technology with the need for dynamic human interaction, are among the most fascinating spaces we encounter.
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