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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 making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

Architecture and engineering outlook positive on all major indicators

November 5, 2013 4:28 pm | News | Comments

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.

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October 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

October 24, 2013 8:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

Modern lab design's slow resurgence, sustainable edge

October 15, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab construction outlook: Costs stable and trending upward

August 14, 2013 12:53 pm | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

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.

May jobs report shows growth in architecture and engineering

June 17, 2013 3:44 pm | News | Comments

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.

Affordable lab space for bioentrepreneurs

April 5, 2013 1:25 pm | by Bill Hunter | Articles | Comments

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.

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Architecture Billings Index continues to improve at a healthy pace

April 1, 2013 12:53 pm | News | Comments

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.

February jobs report shows gains for construction and architecture

March 15, 2013 4:38 pm | News | Comments

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.

3 Reasons to Not Miss the Lab Design Conference

February 26, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

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!

Lab Design Conference Room Discount Ends Soon

February 22, 2013 3:08 pm | News | Comments

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.

Research space at academic institutions increased 3.5% between 2009 and 2011

February 19, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

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.

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Renovate vs. new? Count down your options

February 11, 2013 10:39 am | by Andy Vazzano, FAIA | Articles | Comments

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.

February 2013 Laboratory Design Newsletter Issue Info Resources

February 8, 2013 10:47 am | News | Comments

“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.

Architecture Billings Index up for fifth consecutive month

February 5, 2013 3:52 pm | News | Comments

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.

R&D and related projects score mid-level rankings in construction forecast

January 23, 2013 9:09 am | News | Comments

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.

AIA Billings Index continues upward momentum

January 8, 2013 3:02 pm | News | Comments

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).

Construction climate steadily improving: Reports

December 18, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

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.

Awards recognize the best in sustainable labs

December 12, 2012 2:50 pm | Articles | Comments

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.

AIA Billings Index finally positive

December 4, 2012 4:29 pm | News | Comments

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.

AIA says building industry imperiled by mandatory spending cuts

November 6, 2012 10:25 am | News | Comments

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.

Save the Date: Laboratory Design Conference Spring 2013

October 16, 2012 12:26 pm | News | Comments

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).

Get with the program: Planning for renovation

October 11, 2012 1:29 pm | by Charles A. Johnsrud, RA, Johnsrud Architects | Articles | Comments

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.

Ductwork solves lab construction challenge

October 11, 2012 10:43 am | by Conquest Firespray | Articles | Comments

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.

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