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Princeton Univ. selects SEM-GAS equipment for Andlinger Center

April 21, 2014 9:02 am | News | Comments

SEMI-GAS Systems, a provider of ultra-high-purity gas delivery equipment, announced that Princeton Univ. has selected its Centurion gas source and Nanoturion distribution systems for use in the university’s new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). The SEMI-GAS ultra-high-purity equipment will support the facility’s new labs and cleanrooms.

Three billion square feet of green building space LEED-certified

April 21, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 3 billion square feet of green...

IPS expands operations to the west coast

April 21, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

IPS (Integrated Project Services Inc.), a leading, full-service engineering, construction,...

Redirecting sunlight to urban alleyways

April 21, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

In dense, urban centers around the world, many people live and work in dim and narrow streets...

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Global data science hub launches at Imperial College London

April 7, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Unleashing the huge potential of data will be the focus of a new global institute at Imperial College London. In the last two years the world has produced more data than in all of human history. Developing insights from better analysis of this information will enable us to improve our predictions of diseases in people, stimulate innovation, unleash waves of productivity and create new consumer services.

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.

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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. 

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.            

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.                                           

Rafael Viñoly designs science building for Univ. of Buenos Aires

February 17, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

The innovative building design responds to the site with an interior ellipse and infinity-shaped courtyards that were purposely carved out of the central atrium to protect the native trees that predate the development of the site. Designed to be highly sustainable, the building's heat gain is prevented by a high performance glass facade that is covered with a system of metal fins, which deflect sunrays away from the building.

Construction on PNNL research facility to begin in April

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

The project, valued at approximately $10 million, will build a facility that will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL's campus sustainability program. Research conducted there include national challenges in the power grid's reliability and resiliency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid and reducing energy use in buildings.

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Univ. of Wyoming begins construction on 100,000-sf science & tech facility

February 17, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Funding for the new building was made available through a 2011 Wyoming legislative appropriation of $50 million in federal Abandoned Mine Lands dollars. Completion is scheduled in late spring 2015. The nearly 100,000-sf facility will house about 32 labs.

New book chapter focuses on balancing competing demands in modern teaching labs

February 11, 2014 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Three Stantec designers who specialize in education facilities have authored a chapter in a new book about designing teaching laboratories. Published by the American Chemical Society, Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory" highlights projects, best practices, and considerations for academic institutions embarking on a lab construction or renovation project.

Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment moves

February 10, 2014 11:54 am | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

My thesis project in architecture school was a lab building with high-tech glass and metal façades, artfully composed pipes and ventilation stacks, vibrant colors and natural light cascading through the lab and social spaces. We were taught to design human-scaled, livable spaces for people. Little did I know that as I progressed in my career I would be increasingly designing labs for refrigerators, analytical equipment and robots.

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.

BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.

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Where all labs are created equal: Science lab design standards create consistency

February 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Burcin Moehring and Douglas Ogurek | Articles | Comments

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) stands among the largest community college systems in the U.S. Each year, its seven campuses combine to serve over 120,000 students. Construction is constant. Different projects. Different architects. With such a high level of building activity, how can the district maintain equity at its campuses?

Video highlights 2014 Lab Design Conference

January 29, 2014 5:16 pm | Videos | Comments

There's still time to make plans to attend the 2014 Lab Design Conference. With a terrific line-up of speakers and tours of exceptional lab facilities in the Boston area, the conference continues to be a valuable resource for all those involved in lab design/build and operations.

$24M crime lab construction underway in Shreveport

January 20, 2014 11:10 am | Videos | Comments

The 94,000-sf North Louisiana Forensic Science Center will be located on the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine campus. The facility is being constructed using $24 million in capital outlay funds from the state. Construction is expected to take 18 months and will feature classrooms and equipment.  

Univ. of Tenn. converting dorm to science and lab space

January 20, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

The two-year, $114 million project marks the first big step in addressing the university’s need for general class and lab space. The new nine-story, 268,000-sf building will be home to the anthropology and earth and planetary sciences departments and also provide critical instruction and lab space for the general biology and chemistry departments.

Postponed lab underway in Glendale

January 6, 2014 7:17 pm | News | Comments

The project was awarded bond money from the state in 2006 but, due to the economic downturn, did not receive funding until 2012. The three-story building will be approximately 90,000 sf and is slated to contain classrooms, computer labs, speech and writing labs, an anthropology lab, the culinary arts program, faculty offices and student services.  

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.

Samsung plans second major expansion in Silicon Valley

December 16, 2013 7:36 pm | News | Comments

The Korean electronics giant is creating an 8.5-acre campus in Mountain View, Calif. looking to draw some of the bright minds in the technology industry. Mountain View is also the home of the "Googleplex", the headquarters of Google Inc.  Expected occupancy is December 2014.

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.

MIT to construct nano lab

December 16, 2013 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The construction of nMaSS will bring together research and equipment related to nanotechnology and materials that are currently spread across several different areas of campus. The new building will also include cleanroom space and other amenities to accommodate new, more sensitive research equipment.

New lab focuses on energy exploration in the Arctic

December 16, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

The new S$75 million Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory was recently launched in Singapore. One of its research aims is to develop technological solutions to meet the challenges of oil and gas exploration and production in harsh environments like the Arctic. The new lab will be based at the NUS Faculty of Engineering. 

Sustainable characteristics of a pharmaceutical lab in Mozambique

December 5, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Serruto and David Tash | Articles | Comments

Western architects typically bring the full measure of familiar technology to bear on lab design in developing countries. Design of a pharmaceutical quality control lab has its challenges. Placement of that lab in a country with limited resources in a tropical climate presents additional challenges. AECOM met these by incorporating sustainable features into a building in response to environmental and economic factors impacting design.

Development of an energy-based BIM program at Penn State Univ.

December 5, 2013 12:07 pm | by Tabitha Sprau Coulter and Craig R. Dubler | Articles | Comments

Energy audits and energy models play a critical role in providing the design team with important insight about how an existing building is operating. Energy audits and models also allow the team to evaluate retrofit feasibility and potential energy-conservation measures (ECMs). However, a lack of audit process standards means that incomplete or inaccurate data is sometimes collected.

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