The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.
Morrison Hershfield has announced that the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide –...
Parker Hannifin Corp. announced the formal opening of its Polymer Innovation Center at the...
Most technicians have worked in a lab space with ventilation challenges. Poor lab ventilation...
What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design? What new lab features help researchers focus on their science goals? They’re generally features and designs that bring resources to researchers without additional expenditure. Functional and flexible casework can also be pleasing to the eye with simple lines, and heavy duty to withstand heavy use.
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.
Working with Chinese researchers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.
JM Coull recently completed renovations to six labs in the Egan Research Center at Northeastern Univ. The project marks JMC’s latest project at the university, where the company has been working for more than 10 years. The project scope called for complete gut renovations of Labs 157, 160, 216, 230, 231 and 464.
In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized 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.
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.
Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.
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.
The mandate of flexible, interdisciplinary teaching and learning spaces is becoming a common provision in the design of today’s academic science buildings. Designers must interpret an institution’s need for flexibility beyond a basic lab planning or classroom module. A strong understanding of adaptable design can help facilitate a model of interdisciplinary study that extends beyond campus boundaries.
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.
It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade ago that facilities have grown and evolved to accommodate researcher’s needs when planning lab space. As labs are very equipment- and infrastructure-intensive, placing them in the core of a building sometimes seems logical as they may have shorter duct and utility runs, light sensitivity and provide efficient circulation for material and waste.
Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., stands as a symbol of progress in the complex world of energy use and production.
Labconco Corp. has over 80 instructional videos on its Website and YouTube. The video topics range from product installations to operational information to fun science features. The videos are organized by product category. In the fume hood category, for example, there are videos pertaining to all Labconco fume hoods and the accessories available for them.
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 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, 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.
Payette has welcomed Scott Rawlings, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, as a principal and healthcare practice leader. Rawlings joins Payette with over 20 years of experience focused solely on the development of healthcare architecture. Serving as design team leader for projects around the world, he has experience with every scale of healthcare project.
Phil Duff, AIA, has joined HDR as VP and managing principal of the firm's architecture office in Seattle. As managing principal, Duff will oversee the operations and business development functions of the office and ensure design innovation remains at the forefront of every healthcare, S&T and civic project designed in the Northwest.
Lisa Brinkman has joined HOK’s On-Site Services practice as vice president and regional leader, based in New York. With more than 30 years of experience, Brinkman will guide service delivery, support the on-site teams and strengthen local client relationships.
SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) firm. Effective December 3, 2014, Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.
Rodriguez Consulting has hired Sara Poindexter, PE, as a senior engineer in its Philadelphia office. Poindexter will manage major projects involving storm water management and public utilities infrastructure. Poindexter has worked for more than 10 years in the field while living in Orlando, Fla.
JM Coull Inc. has announced the addition of Shauna DiCecca as office administrator. A resident of Lowell, Mass., DiCecca is originally from Chelmsford and graduated from Assumption College in Worcester in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
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.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health labs that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu. Testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had long thought of the lapses as unrelated accidents.
The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's FLEXLAB at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy-efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions.
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