While still below pre-recession levels, all of the key indicators in the latest Quarterly Market Forecast (QMF) report from PSMJ Resources, Inc. (PSMJ) remain in positive territory. This is a clear signal of continued optimism by A/E firm leaders as we approach the finish line for 2013 and begin contemplating what is in store for 2014.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on universal...
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research...
At the time this report was compiled in June 2013, construction costs continue to show an...
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.
Research and development-oriented real estate has evolved significantly over the past decade. Once an elusive niche market, lab spaces and related offices are emerging in regions far beyond the traditional research powerhouses of San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego. This trend is a reflection of a larger shift underway in the technology and bioscience sectors as these companies choose to locate in urban areas.
With increasing demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is continuing to strengthen. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.
Down overall to 7.7% in February from 7.9% in January, the U.S. Department of Labor's February employment report showed growth by 3,100 jobs in architectural and engineering services. This is 1.3% of the 236,000 overall jobs gained during the same time period.
Why haven’t you signed up for the Lab Design Conference yet? Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, lab design/planning/building event. This year's Lab Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 in Houston. NOTE: The discounted room block ends on March 15th. Book your hotel reservation before this deadline to save!
The annual Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 at the JW Marriott Houston. The discounted room block rate ends March 15, 2013. Attendees and those who are considering attending are encouraged to make a reservation today to ensure accomodations at the conference rate.
Science and engineering research space at the nation's research-performing colleges and universities increased 3.5% from 2009 to 2011, according to a recent National Science Foundation survey. The biological and biomedical sciences continued to account for the bulk of growth, increasing by 8.0% during this period.
The inherent limitations of existing facilities—safety, energy performance, floorplate and height constraints, and so on—can make renovation an extensive and expensive undertaking. Let's explore a "Top 10" approach to analyzing the "renovation vs. new construction" dilemma.
“Tracking the Sun,” an annual PV cost-tracking report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, indicates that the median installed price of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems completed in 2011 fell by 11 to 14% from the year before, and (in California) prices dropped an additional 3 to 7% during the first six months of 2012.
Though the score of 52.0 for December was down from 53.2 in November, the most recent AIA Billings Index reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Highlights from the most recent report show that the Midwest came in first at 55.7.
An annual analysis of the architecture, engineering, and construction business by consultant The JAGG Group indicates that science buildings won't be booming this year—but shouldn't lag, either. The "2013 Guide to the US AEC Markets" pegs apartments as the nation's top construction market sector.
The Architecture Buildings Index of the American Institute of Architects gained ground in November: the fourth consecutive monthly rise in the much-watched economic indicator. The national ABI was 53.2: the highest score in five years. (Any score higher than 50 indicates an increase in billings).
The building industry is looking up and likely to continue to do so in 2013, according to "Construction Economics Winter 2012: Market Conditions in Construction," a report by Gilbane Building Co. Overall construction spending is expected to finish at nearly 8% over 2011.
I2SL, in partnership with R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design, is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the fifth annual Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to the goals of excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself.
The Architecture Billings Index of the American Institute of Architects ventured into positive territory in August, for the first time in the past five months, and then repeated the upward motion in September and October. The index stood at 50.2 in August, 51.6 in September, and 52.8 in October.
A new report by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) says Congress and the White House must agree on a federal budget by Jan. 2, or massive mandatory spending cuts will kick in, potentially wreaking havoc on the building industry.
The annual Laboratory Design Conference, sponsored by Advantage Business Media and Laboratory Design newsletter, will be held April 8-10 at the JW Marriott Houston. This AIA-accredited learning and networking event includes 1.5 days of educational presentations, followed by an optional day of tours (April 10).
There is a time-honored process for the creation of a new building or renovation of an existing one. However, over the past decade, new factors have emerged that influence the design process. Alternative techniques have been developed in response, to ensure an effective result.
In June 2010, the Helios Energy Lab Research Facility at the University of California-Berkeley had already been designed and contracted to proceed with construction. As had been typical, the design included gypsum board (drywall) enclosures with air gaps and multiple layers of fire wrap insulation. This code-defined method of construction required significant space around the SMACNA duct resulting in major fit and access problems.
As of the writing of this report in June 2012, construction costs are on the rise from last year, with costs increasing from their post-crash decline. Overall, costs have risen about 2% from 2011, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2% since January 2011. Construction costs are expected to rise between 3% and 4% during 2012 going into year 2013.
In tough economic times, construction projects often are early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research laboratories were no exception. Many laboratory construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, a majority of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms surveyed by R&D Magazine say the laboratory construction business is picking up again.
A new study by Johnson Controls' Institute for Building Efficiency, the "Energy Efficiency Indicator," reveals that cutting costs is the biggest incentive behind managing energy efficiency for building owners and operators, worldwide.
In a disheartening development, the American Institute of Architects’ monthly Architecture Billings Index was 45.8 in May, down from 48.4 in April.
The Pennsylvania State University will renovate its Mueller and Whitmore Laboratories, which serve more than 15,000 students annually and provide primary laboratory facilities for the university's biology and chemistry departments. Renovations will address issues of space, safety, and technology.
This 330,000-ft 2 , $175.3-million facility, focused on biology, information technology, and engineering, includes an underground research floor, three research floors, a ground-level "Town Center," an auxiliary service building, and a mechanical penthouse. Its unusual and effective building organization, strong sense of public outreach, and high degree of flexibility and social engineering led judges to honor the project as Laboratory of the Year 2012.
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