Energy modeling was used to design the building envelope. EBB will feature photovoltaic panels to harness natural heat energy expanding Georgia Tech’s investment in renewable energy sources. The building will also harvest rain water and building condensation that will be used for grey water and irrigation.
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This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on universal grid design. Other features include an in-depth look at the state of lab design, task lighting for labs, adaptive reuse, fume hood selection for energy-efficient labs and more.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research labs are no exception. To gain insight into how the current economy has influenced or re-focused lab design projects, Laboratory Design sent out a survey to AEC firms asking for perspectives on current and near-future trends.
Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph Sports Testing Laboratory represents one of the nation’s most technologically advanced drug-testing facilities. The forensic lab, support spaces and corporate offices were created through adaptive reuse of an existing 63,000-sf office/warehouse facility.
For nearly 150 years, internationally based Mane Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavor and fragrance R&D and manufacturing, employing 3,000 people at nearly 40 innovation centers throughout the world. Mane bases its North American operations in southwestern Ohio, creating a mix of innovative technologies and state-of-the-art techniques for its customers in the U.S. and Canada.
The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA) announced that its Board of Directors has approved “SEFA 10-2013 Recommended Practices for Adaptable Casework Systems.” SEFA’s Adaptable Casework Committee developed these recommended practices as a guide for specifiers, lab planners, architects and end users.
This video was taken in March 2013 before the BSL-4 lab was operational. The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) on the Boston Univ. Medical Campus is one of just two BSL-4 labs based at academic centers.
The amendment aims to restrict a building’s exterior reflectivity of “visible light” to 15% in order to cut down on “undesirable glare for pedestrians and [the] potentially hazardous glare for motorists.” The Dallas real estate community and AIA Dallas are opposed to the measure. Kirk Teske, AIA Dallas’ president, says that the amendment would cut the number of glass options available to developer by some 60%.
When Fusion Solutions purchased their facility, there was a lot of work to be done. The structure they had purchased was an old HVAC fabricator facility featuring a concrete floor contaminated with grease and oil, and complete with cracks and divots.
At the time this report was compiled in June 2013, construction costs continue to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 2.6% from 2012, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.6% since January 2012. Construction costs are expected to rise around 4% during 2013 going into year 2014. This percentage of increase is the same as 2012’s report, and shows promise of a steady positive path.
There is an increasing awareness of the need to provide building owners with a BIM model that instructs and reinforces the operations and management of laboratories and high-technology facilities, especially in achieving sustainable performance.
Supporting LEEDing-edge research: New Max Planck Institute combines scientific, sustainability goalsAugust 14, 2013 9:30 am | by Ian Leveroni, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle | Articles | Comments
Completed in 2012, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is the first U.S.-based institute of the Max Planck Society, a leading global scientific research organization based in Munich, Germany. In building the 100,000-sf life sciences lab, leaders at the Max Planck Florida Institute set their sights on achieving LEED certification for the facility.
New ASHRAE publication provides design, construction, operation of underfloor air distribution systemsJuly 22, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments
The newly published “UFAD Guide: Design, Construction and Operation of Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) Systems” incorporates updated results from laboratory and field experiments. Also included are simulation studies, manufacturers’ literature, design experiences from practicing engineers and other relevant guidelines from users of UFAD.
The 18,000-gsf MAXLAB received its LEED Gold certification based on a number of green construction and operation features, including a rainwater harvest tank, motion sensors, use of daylighting in interior laboratory space, thermally improved ‘cool’ roof, thermally improved precast sandwich panel building envelope, aluminum exterior sunshades and individual thermostat controls in each office.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May 2013 employment report with numbers indicating growth in jobs for the design/build and construction industries. The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May. Of this architecture and engineering services grew by 4,900 jobs, while construction added 7,000.
The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.
Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.
The District of Columbia Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) merges the forensic-based activities of agencies that traditionally work together but operate independently. The LEED Platinum, 351,000 gsf, $145 million building totals six stories above grade and two below.
2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Daylighting and design rescue noted biochemistry buildingJune 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments
At the time of its completion in 1981, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild biochemistry building was considered groundbreaking. The original building, also designed by Payette, was renovated to house the newly formed Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. The 105,401 sf renovation was designated as Lab of the Year: Special Mention for a thoughtful, respectful design that raised the bar on what a sustainable laboratory can be.
More and more often, energy codes and LEED programs are driving laboratory planners and architects to pursue energy-conscious design. While HVAC systems get a lot of attention in terms of energy conservation, electrical and lighting loads are also significant energy consumers.
FKP Architects announced the elevation of Cynthia D. Walston, FAIA, LEED AP to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. Walston was selected for her significant contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture and specifically for her achievements in laboratory and educational environment design.
ZIA’s Quick Assessment helps facility owners, managers, and staff understand how well their building operations and maintenance practices compare to LEED EB O+M standards. Input data on a variety of categories, such as recycling, waste disposal, cleaning, purchasing, landscaping practices, mechanical systems, water fixtures, and receive a snapshot of how your facility would measure up if you were to pursue LEED certification today.
In recognition of the team’s innovative use of energy modeling, close collaboration with the client and architect, and outstanding quality and safety records, the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology wins Gilbane’s coveted award.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winner of its third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. More than 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across the country competed to see which could reduce its energy use the most in one year—and a New Jersey elementary school emerged victorious.
The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.
Completion of the Sherman Center nearly doubles the research capacity of the Worcester campus with half-million square feet of interdisciplinary research and education space designed to maximize collaboration among scientists, educators, and students across multiple fields. It is the new home of the Advanced Therapeutics Cluster and contains wet research space for more than 90 investigators.
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