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Small, fast and successful: A case for lab renovation

March 12, 2015 9:37 am | by Barbara A. Carpenter, Associate Principal, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

For so many clients, building new ground-up lab space isn’t an option. From an economic standpoint, the duration of new construction doesn’t serve the immediate need; and often, an appropriate site is unavailable. In our dense urban centers, the desire for researchers to be co-located with their peers and their heroes, makes the competition for space a real challenge.

Reading between the lines: A look at the leap from BSL-2 to BSL-3

February 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Alexander P. Clinton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Perkins+Will, Houston | Articles | Comments

Without substantial experience in Biosafety Level 3 work it can be easily underestimated just...

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,...

Commissioning for the greater building good

February 23, 2015 9:23 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

A buzzword thrown around in lab design is commissioning. But truly how important is this process...

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Should your project undergo commissioning?

February 20, 2015 9:58 am | by David Wilson, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Commissioning has become an increasingly common practice. It’s essentially a formalized functional performance test of an entire building’s systems—a process that validates, verifies and documents the builder’s project objectives have been fully met. Simply put, commissioning independently confirms newly built, renovated or existing buildings work the way they’re supposed to.

Sustaining a lab environment

February 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The design of labs for sustainable construction and operation has become a major driver in the A/E/C industry over the past 10 to 15 years. Most large academic, government and corporate lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum, and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.

CH2M HILL named leader in global EH&S technology services

January 21, 2015 12:38 pm | News | Comments

“CH2M HILL’s all-round strength is an ideal match for customers wanting to drive value from solutions,” according to a new Green Quadrant report by Verdantix. Previously Verdantix has named CH2M HILL a leader in its Green Quadrant studies on U.S. Sustainability Consulting (May 2013), U.S. Environmental Services (May 2012) and U.S. Sustainable Engineering (Sept. 2010).

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Architecture Billings Index rebounds to end 2014 on solid footing

January 21, 2015 12:32 pm | News | Comments

There were 10 out of 12 months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

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.

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.

Flexible design: From startups to big pharma

December 8, 2014 3:01 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Svigals + Partners | Articles | Comments

Trend watchers note flexibility has become the new buzzword for research-bay design. At the same time, there’s a great deal of confusion as to what flexibility means. Among some client groups, the term mistakenly refers to lab space that can be setup within a commercial office building lacking the infrastructure typically needed for vent hoods, cleanrooms and the like.

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.

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A zero-net-energy teaching lab

December 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC and James Moses, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sasaki Associates | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center (NTLC) for Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, Mass., brings together currently disparate programs from across campus, including chemistry, biology and medical and dental education. It holds an energy-dense program, including 22 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

Modifying energy auditors’ behavior to align with facility owner’s needs

December 8, 2014 12:07 pm | by Tabitha L. Sprau Coulter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Alfred State SUNY College of Technology | Articles | Comments

When making the decision to invest in a building retrofit, an energy audit is performed to collect information about the facility’s existing systems, geometry, use type and energy consumption. Through performing an energy audit, the facility owner and those individuals analyzing the building are able to sense how the building systems are performing, while identifying potential retrofit upgrades.

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.

The importance of BIM and efficient lab systems at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower

December 8, 2014 11:50 am | by John McMichael, Interface Engineering and Wade Snyder, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

School is truly back in at Oregon Health & Science Univ. (OHSU)’s recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building. The building, along with Skourtes Tower, is the result of a joint venture between Portland State Univ., Oregon State Univ. and Oregon Health & Science Univ., and is designed to foster collaboration among students and instructors from the multiple institutions.

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.

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Right-sizing energy-efficient cleanrooms: Lessons learned from Harvard LISE and other peer institutions

December 5, 2014 4:24 pm | by Jacob Werner, Associate, Wilson Architects and Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC | Articles | Comments

Cleanrooms are energy hogs. But cleanroom energy use serves direct experimental needs. How do we balance these demanding requirements against institutional goals for greater sustainability? The Harvard Univ. Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) cleanroom began operation in 2006.

Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) Muir College Biology Labs renovation

December 5, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

RBB provided programming planning, design and construction services for the interior renovation within the existing Biology Building at Muir College, built in 1967. The building is a wet-lab research building supporting the Div. of Biological Sciences research. The third floor labs exclusively support biology functions, and were in need of renovation.

Windover Construction wins multiple achievement awards

December 5, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Windover Construction has received multiple awards recognizing their work, including the Excellence in Construction Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and two PRISM Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).

Alternatives to flame-retardant building materials

December 5, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Perkins+Will has released new research in response to the need for architects and interior designers to develop a better understanding of flame retardants and their impact on health. Flame retardants in the built environment are associated with a range of health impacts including cancer, endocrine disruption and neurodevelopmental problems.

Robin Guenther named 2014 LEED Fellow

December 5, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Perkins+Will has announced Robin Guenther, FAIA, an international leader in sustainable healthcare architecture, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a 2014 LEED Fellow, the group’s most prestigious designation. Guenther, a principal at Perkins+Will and the firm’s Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader, is a long-time advocate at the intersection of public health, restorative design and environmental stewardship.

Ware Malcomb breaks ground on new StemCyte facility

December 5, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Ware Malcomb announced construction has begun on a new 48,000-sf facility for StemCyte, a specialized provider of umbilical cord blood collection, processing and storage. Ware Malcomb provided interior and architecture design services for the company’s relocation and tenant improvement of the facility located at 13800 Live Oak Avenue in Baldwin Park, Calif.

AECOM completes acquisition of URS Corp.

December 5, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

AECOM announced the company has completed its acquisition of URS Corp. The acquisition further diversifies and broadens AECOM’s market presence, as URS brings strong sector expertise in important markets, including oil and gas, power and government services.

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.

Sustainable BIM

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM), now a standard tool throughout most architecture sectors, is critical for complex building types like healthcare and lab projects. Clients are finding great use for these models in facilities maintenance and long-term campus facilities planning. Owners also see great benefit with BIM, as many are interested in the long-term maintenance and scheduling abilities it offers.

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.

October 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

October 24, 2014 12:47 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features articles on collaboration, energy efficiency strategies, flexible labs and the construction process. Features include strategies for effective collaboration spaces, lab synergistics that enhance energy efficiency, optimizing lab design for evolving science, move-in timeframes and true flexibility that furthers science.

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