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April 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

April 8, 2014 11:38 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.

R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the...

Remaining nimble in a competitive research market: Strategies for a cost-effective project

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and Jon Romig | Articles | Comments

Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are...

ESD control flooring in the lab

March 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Erik S. Van Anglen | Articles | Comments

Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent...

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ASHRAE publishes 2013 version of MOT for BACnet conformance

March 18, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet. The standard defines a standard method for verifying that an implementation of the BACnet protocol provides each capability claimed in its Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement in conformance with Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks.

How Lab Space is Changing

March 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Bill Harris, Principal, Regional Practice Leader for Science and Technology, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.

NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

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Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

March 17, 2014 9:55 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.

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.

Google opts to move floating lab

March 3, 2014 6:15 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Videos | Comments

Dubbed the "mystery barge," due to the secrecy surrounding its purpose, the project built from shipping containers made a quietly orchestrated appearance at a pier last fall. Google is towing the barge to a new location to avoid fines.

USGBC releases top ten states for LEED green building

March 1, 2014 6:49 pm | News | Comments

Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia tops list. A research lab project made the list as a notable projects 2013; The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, LEED Platinum, the first university research computing center to achieve Platinum certification.

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New forensic lab to double space for scientists

March 1, 2014 5:29 pm | News | Comments

The $40 million project will add to and renovate the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Western Laboratory, as well as the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, housed in the same building.                

R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

February 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

February 26, 2014 3:58 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking engineering buildings, repositioning strategies for success. Other features include information on successful lab equipment moves, how new buildings are re-defining research and collaboration, how BIM bridges the collaboration gap and how science lab design standards create consistency.

Using Solar Energy to Heat and Cool Laboratory Building Envelopes

February 14, 2014 3:31 pm | Events

Lab buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar technology is one of the viable solutions to save energy and money in these high-tech buildings. In the past several years technologies have been developed that use the building envelope (the space between the interior walls and exterior walls) to provide weather protection; intercept solar energy; and generate useful heat and reduce the cooling load on the building.

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.

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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.

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?

Setting the stage for a successful handoff

January 31, 2014 1:35 pm | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

One of the toughest transitions in delivering any construction project is making the handoff from construction to occupancy. To avoid frustration and make a smooth transition requires active tracking and management of cost and schedule, formalized processes for maintaining and assuring quality and an organized compilation of the information that will be required to operate and maintain the facility.

BIM on the Cloud

January 31, 2014 11:31 am | News | Comments

BIM 360 Glue, a cloud-based solution from Autodesk extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and Web.

Cannon releases semi-annual cost trends report

January 29, 2014 2:52 pm | by Patrice Galvin | News | Comments

The report asks, "If the money's out there, why are we not seeing more availble jobs and/or construction spending?" The data suggests the decrease in construction unemployment is a result of a smaller pool of available workers. Factors point to a trend of economic growth with a somewhat stagnant job market.

Construction industry report shows rapid escalation

January 23, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Based on an array of economic data, construction starts, and material cost trends, this report predicts greater rate of growth activity than 2013, which allows passing along inflationary labor and material costs. Margins regained a positive footing in 2102 and extended those gains in 2013.

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.

Cofactor Genomics opens $3.8m HQ-lab in St. Louis

January 17, 2014 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

The renovated 10,000-sf facility will house the company's headquarters, sequencing labs and data analysis offices. Cofactor Genomics is a Contract Research Organization that was founded in St. Louis in 2008 to provide beginning-to-end DNA sequencing, analysis and experimental design solutions to both private and public clients.

IPS expands construction division

January 13, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

IPS-Integrated Project Services Inc. (IPS), a leading, full-service firm helping clients succeed with capital projects and improve operations, announced the strengthening of its Construction Div. with the appointment of Frank DiBiano, Project Executive, to lead the expansion of its New Jersey operations.

December 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

January 6, 2014 2:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on high-performance teaming. Other features include an in-depth look at chilled beam installation, maximizing efficiency by design, sustainable renovation, sustainable vacuum technologies, applying BAS to help users conserve energy, net-zero energy labs and more.

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.

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