Laboratory Design Newsletter features new lab construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects in each issue and also online. The new projects section of the website hosts a large variety of lab builds in academic, medical, private, commercial, and government labs.
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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.
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.
The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.
The renovation of a 10,950-sf lab facility in the KOLB Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute aimed to create a comfortable research and collaboration environment for scientists studying molecular therapeutics. The new research and education center includes open labs, as well as specialty procedure rooms for microscopy, electrophysiology, fly behavior and histology.
The innovative building design responds to the site with an interior ellipse and infinity-shaped courtyards that were purposely carved out of the central atrium to protect the native trees that predate the development of the site. Designed to be highly sustainable, the building's heat gain is prevented by a high performance glass facade that is covered with a system of metal fins, which deflect sunrays away from the building.
The project, valued at approximately $10 million, will build a facility that will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL's campus sustainability program. Research conducted there include national challenges in the power grid's reliability and resiliency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid and reducing energy use in buildings.
Funding for the new building was made available through a 2011 Wyoming legislative appropriation of $50 million in federal Abandoned Mine Lands dollars. Completion is scheduled in late spring 2015. The nearly 100,000-sf facility will house about 32 labs.
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.
Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has opened a new flagship lab in Aerospace Cluster in Toulouse, France. The 1,650-m2 expansion delivers a 25% increase in testing capacity with an additional eight fatigue testing frames and an increase in scanning electron microscope capability.
Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions are talking today about how they are “repositioning” their engineering facilities. The approach— sometimes part of an overhaul extending into various departments—is seen as a way to remake existing, purpose- built centers to better serve today’s research activities and student-centered academics.
Three Stantec designers who specialize in education facilities have authored a chapter in a new book about designing teaching laboratories. Published by the American Chemical Society, Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory" highlights projects, best practices, and considerations for academic institutions embarking on a lab construction or renovation project.
Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment movesFebruary 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.
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.
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.
The United Nations defines sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When applied to lab planning and construction, sustainability includes: the efficient use of energy; the careful use of water using only what’s needed; adaptability to future needs and reducing pollution.
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?
The Digital Core Laboratory—the first of its kind in the Middle East region—will support ongoing applied research efforts in the area of enhanced oil recovery, particularly in carbonate reservoirs such as Qatar's Al Shaheen oil field, which is one of the most complex in the world.
There's still time to make plans to attend the 2014 Lab Design Conference. With a terrific line-up of speakers and tours of exceptional lab facilities in the Boston area, the conference continues to be a valuable resource for all those involved in lab design/build and operations.
The expanded photo gallery now includes Google Maps technology to show and provide directions to exact building locations. Visitors also can search and sort projects according to architect, glass fabricator, glazing contractor and “best fit” or “close” matches.
The 94,000-sf North Louisiana Forensic Science Center will be located on the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine campus. The facility is being constructed using $24 million in capital outlay funds from the state. Construction is expected to take 18 months and will feature classrooms and equipment.
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.
The EcoHawks Research Facility (Lawrence, Kan.) designed by Studio 804 and the Halley VI Research Station (Antarctica) designed by Hugh Broughton Architects were selected as some of the most exciting designs of 2013. The EcoHawks facility was recently highlighted by Laboratory Design in the new projects section.
The project was awarded bond money from the state in 2006 but, due to the economic downturn, did not receive funding until 2012. The three-story building will be approximately 90,000 sf and is slated to contain classrooms, computer labs, speech and writing labs, an anthropology lab, the culinary arts program, faculty offices and student services.
Modular, multidisciplinary labs, including a scientific wet lab, will study the ocean's ecosystem, marine biodiversity and research into marine-related applications for health, industry and food. In addition to labs, there are diving platforms and an underwater garage for AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and submersive vehicles.
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.
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