In the ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer market there’s a continued focus on sample protection. As users store priceless samples, they need to have ULT freezers that provide them with quick recovery and uniformity after door openings. However, for most users, the trend is pointing to energy efficiency and cost, as ULT freezers cost as much to operate in a year as an average American household, according to the Univ. of California, Davis.
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Many energy-efficiency strategies are often viewed in isolation, not allowing projects to realize their full potential. When viewed as part of the cooling system, the integration of a high-performance envelope with exterior shading is able to decrease the size of equipment needed.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), based in Bar Harbor, Maine, operates at the forefront of genomic research. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)’s challenge as co-designer of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX GM) in Farmington, Conn., was to ensure that the research environment can respond quickly to shifts in research focus that are necessary to support these advances in personalized medicine.
Research labs by their nature are complex. They involve careful and time-consuming consideration throughout planning, design and construction to ensure spaces meet quality and testing requirements, and are flexible enough to meet the demands of various users without enduring the costs of repeated renovations.
Rapid technological advances, scientific leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities. Concurrent with this shift in research and how it’s conducted is a move toward collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Leveraging the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups often leads to extraordinary results.
Interdisciplinary collaboration has become paramount to academic and corporate-based research. Collaboration is likely to occur only in an environment that enables and enhances interaction among researchers. Departing from the traditional lab environment, a “liquid lab” design maximizes the adaptability of a space, the fluidity of the changing research and the researcher’s access to collaborative space.
An emerging trend in delivering science and research buildings is “developer-led, build-to-suit construction” leased back to the corporate or institutional tenant. While offering many attractive features, this delivery model inevitably creates tension around design, schedule, budget and cost allocations between the core/shell (C/S) and tenant improvement (TI) projects.
Lab design must begin with a clear understanding of the research mission it will support. The underlying philosophy of the institution is a critical element of the lab design brief, informing every decision including the placement of interaction zones that foster innovation.
Perkins+Will’s Atlanta office at 1315 Peachtree Street has been certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program. The SITES program fills a need for design and construction guidelines and a system for rating and recognizing exemplary sustainable landscapes based on their performance in improving the environment and human health.
AECOM has acquired Hunt Construction Group, adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Hunt Construction Group, which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, is one of the country’s leading commercial construction management firms.
Mike Cole has been named HDR Architecture’s Wyoming managing principal. He will be based in the Gillette office. In his new role, Cole will be responsible for all aspects of HDR’s Wyoming operations, including project development, resource planning, staff oversight and process quality control.
Windover Construction has announced its recent move from Manchester-by-the-Sea to their new headquarters in Beverly, Mass. This new location accommodates the company’s growth and provides an open, welcoming environment that further promotes collaboration between employees, partners and clients.
SmithGroupJJR has added Eric L. Kirkland, PE, LEED AP BD+C, SVP, as director of engineering at its Dallas office. He formerly served in the same role at the firm’s Phoenix, Ariz., office. Kirkland’s relocation brings engineering discipline leadership to SmithGroupJJR’s Dallas location, a first for the office. Kirkland led the SmithGroupJJR engineering team in Phoenix for 15 years.
Located on Washington Circle, just a few blocks from the White House, this signature new building houses some of the nation’s best known leaders from across the public and private health policy sectors. It provides a critical forum for experts to address today’s most pressing global health challenges.
The mission of the JPAC is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war. Yet, these qualities were challenged by the specialized military unit’s dispersed operations, housed in three separate Oahu installations.
The Tyree Energy Technologies Building is the new home of energy research at the Univ. of New South Wales (UNSW). This powerhouse has been designed to provide a space where research, education and industry can collaborate in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.
As one of the world’s premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment attempts to understand the Earth, its inhabitants and the environment as an integrated whole by addressing the critical issues of climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation and human and environmental health.
Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Replacing the aging 1950s facility, the new command and control headquarters facility and radiochemistry lab will house approximately 1,000 personnel.
The 230,000-gsf facility will make a visual statement about the stature of the ECE Dept. at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a distinct, stately architecture with quality finishes, and memorable views, portraying a professional and innovative image while remaining appropriate to the architectural context of the north engineering quad.
This project presents an architectural response for a leading research organization that was seeking to enhance their research capability. It involves the renovation of an existing research and analytical testing lab for Scion, a forestry research facility in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Jacobs Consultancy regrets to announce the passing on of Bob Lubalin on July 31, 2014. Lubalin was a giant in the lab planning industry and hugely influential in lab and vivarium planning. Lubalin joined Jacobs Consultancy in April of 1996 when the Lab Planning Practice was known as GPR Planners Collaborative Inc.
The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.
Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) kicked off its new building project design on July 10, 2009, with a goal setting session. What resulted was a group of over 200 “stakeholders” in true Madison, Wisc., fashion, who realized their chance to be heard and address their goals for the WEI.
The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 49th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Take a look at the picture. Would you believe that this could be the “lab of the future?” This is a picture of Thomas Edison’s lab in Fort Myers, Fla. Built in 1928, the lab contained a chemical processing area, machine shop, grinding room, office area and dark room and was used by Edison, along with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, to find an alternative source for rubber to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign sources.
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.
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