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Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

Real-time monitoring of vibration

September 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President, Acentech Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building...

JM Coull completes multiple lab renovations at Northeastern Univ.

September 2, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

JM Coull recently completed renovations to six labs in the Egan Research Center at Northeastern...

3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers...

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2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.

Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many projects start with high hopes by all parties involved, just to find that once the building is completed, it fails to meet performance expectations and is harder to operate than envisioned. This is frustrating for most team players, but none more than the owner. This article focuses on the concept of soft landing and how it can help the successful transition operation of a building.

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Architecture Billings Index mired in slowdown

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

Rutgers breaks ground for new sustainable design building

August 5, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Rutgers recently broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building. Designed by Flad Architects, the building features flexible labs, modern instructional space and a layout that embraces the informal interaction and collaboration needs of a scientific community.

SmithGroupJJR reaches 100 LEED certified projects

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR, a long-time leader of sustainable design, has reached the 100 LEED project milestone. The firm recently achieved its 100th LEED-certified project: the LEED-NC Platinum Oakland Univ. Human Health Building, constructed in Rochester, Mich.

Earthquake lab tests new design for safer bridges

July 22, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

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.

Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

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Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As the newest alternative energy research center, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is earning accolades for sustainability and energy conservation. The five-story 104,000-sf research center at Univ. of Wisconsin has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and top honors in commercial design locally.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Taking a cue from basic management practices, the adage that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure or monitor is just as true in sustainability applications as it is in human relations. All the design efforts created by the architects and engineers for a sustainable research lab structure can be wasted if monitoring and control systems aren’t put in place.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The latest update seen in LEED v4 provides a small glimpse of the expected changes in where sustainability efforts will be focused over the next several years. While some of the LEED certification changes are a little bit more of the same, just reworded and retitled, changes such as the holistic approach to materials analyses, lifecycle considerations and multiple metering (monitoring) requirements establish new challenges for submitters.

Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community. Here are some sustainable design resources.

Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

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.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

The next-generation lab

June 6, 2014 2:44 pm | by Kevin B. sullivan, FAIA, Christopher E. Baylow, AIA, and Jeffrey R. Zynda, AIA | Articles | Comments

Payette has played a signature role in the evolution of modern labs through consistent innovations and a long tradition of designing influential science and research buildings. More recently, the key components that inform the next-generation lab are an aggressive stance towards energy conservation, a flexible armature that can easily accommodate shifts in research density and an integrated approach for computationally based research.

Countdown to net zero

June 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Mark Bello, NIST | News | Comments

Heading into the final stretch of a year-long trial run, the experimental net-zero energy house at NIST in Gaithersburg, Md., must overcome an energy deficit of 154 kWhr—equivalent to about $20—during the month of June. The facility was designed to produce at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

Know any interesting labs in Atlanta?

May 5, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference features tours of key local labs of various types. Tours will take place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015. If you have recommendations of Atlanta are labs that we should tour, please contact Lindsay Hock.

3-D printer builds 10 houses in one day

May 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

WinSun, a private company located in eastern China, has printed 10 full-size houses using a 3-D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

Scripps Oceanography Laboratory Building awarded LEED Platinum

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory at Univ. of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the United States Green Building Council. MESOM is the first laboratory building at UC San Diego to achieve LEED Platinum status.

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