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Eight reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Patrice Galvin | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.                                           

Two research facilities make Architect editors' choice

January 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Patrice Galvin | News | Comments

The EcoHawks Research Facility (Lawrence, Kan.) designed by Studio 804 and the Halley VI...

UPenn opens Weiss/Manfredi-designed nanotech facility

December 2, 2013 1:24 pm | News | Comments

The new facility has state-of-the-art lab spaces including a 10,000-sf bay/chase cleanroom...

LEED Platinum and Super Hero awards for Berkeley Lab

November 18, 2013 4:40 pm | News | Comments

RMW architecture & interiors was the architect for the ambitious overhaul of Building...

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2014 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 28, 2013 3:37 pm | Articles | Comments

Entries are now being accepted for the 48th 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, 2014. 

Top 50 firms ranked in revenue and sustainability

September 27, 2013 1:53 pm | News | Comments

The Top 50 in Business ranks U.S. firms based on factors including net revenue per employee, profitability, investement in research and pro bono work. The Top 50 in Sustainability were measured gross square footage that was LEED-certified or designed to LEED standards, other sustainable certifications, potable water reduction, participation itn AIA's 2030 program and percentage of employees with LEED AP or GA credentials.

Fungi, sheep’s wool, straw and bacteria: Green materials from unlikely sources

September 27, 2013 12:26 pm | News | Comments

The 10 finalists among the more than 100 products submitted for Architect magazine's Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and the Make it Right Foundation employ recycled and bio-based materials in sustainable alternatives to common building products.

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Laboratory Design Newsletter announces dates for the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

July 23, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

The 2014 Laboratory Design Conference, presented by Laboratory Design Newsletter, will be held April 2-4 at the Westin Waltham-Boston. Boston is a great research town—and not only will the conference deliver presentations on the current state and future of lab design, there will also be tours of area labs to get an inside look.

Perkins+Will New York-designed campus center of Gateway Community College to receive an Award of Merit from the Connecticut Green Building Council

July 3, 2013 10:28 am | News | Comments

An integral part of the College’s new Center for a Sustainable Future program, the building serves as a learning tool for classes focused on renewable energy system design and installation. Situated in downtown New Haven and spanning two blocks, the new Gateway building consolidates the school's two existing campuses and serves 7,000 students.

HLW receives award for design excellence of Agensys research laboratory

July 3, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

HLW International earned recognition for its design of the Agensys Cancer Research Laboratory in Santa Monica, California.  The Los Angeles Business Council recognized the project for “outstanding architecture and design that significantly enhances the Los Angeles community’s urban environment.”  The project garnered the 2013 Under Construction Award of Excellence. Agensys, Inc. is an affiliate of Astellas Pharma.

DC’s Consolidated Forensics Laboratory receives LEED Platinum certification

June 17, 2013 4:14 pm | News | Comments

The Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) is an award winning science facility designed to provide the District of Columbia with critical public safety and health science infrastructure. Co-locating the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the CFL provides advanced laboratory and work facilities designed for the safety of the analysts and the public.

June 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 17, 2013 3:36 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Lab, Harvard University's Sherman Fairchild Renovation, and the D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory. The issue also visits the topic of energy-efficient laboratory lighting solutions.

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2013 Laboratory of the Year: Creating collaboration across geographic and scientific borders

June 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.

2013 Laboratory of the Year High Honors: Sustainable building reflects the science within

June 6, 2013 11:12 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.

2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Building a program, not just a lab

June 6, 2013 10:52 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The District of Columbia Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) merges the forensic-based activities of agencies that traditionally work together but operate independently. The LEED Platinum, 351,000 gsf, $145 million building totals six stories above grade and two below.

2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Daylighting and design rescue noted biochemistry building

June 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

At the time of its completion in 1981, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild biochemistry building was considered groundbreaking. The original building, also designed by Payette, was renovated to house the newly formed Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. The 105,401 sf renovation was designated as Lab of the Year: Special Mention for a thoughtful, respectful design that raised the bar on what a sustainable laboratory can be.

June 2013 Laboratory Design Newsletter Milestones

June 6, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

FKP Architects announced the elevation of Cynthia D. Walston, FAIA, LEED AP to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. Walston was selected for her significant contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture and specifically for her achievements in laboratory and educational environment design.

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Creative Systems Lighting wins two Green Good Design awards

June 3, 2013 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Green Good Design now in its fifth year, identifies and emphasizes the world’s most important examples of sustainable design. It is a special edition of the original Good Design Award, which was founded in Chicago in 1950. CSL received the 2013 Green Good Design Award for its 5-inch aperture Eco-Downlight LED and Eco-Invizilite.

Georgia Tech CNES team named builders of the year by Gilbane

May 8, 2013 2:54 pm | News | Comments

In recognition of the team’s innovative use of energy modeling, close collaboration with the client and architect, and outstanding quality and safety records, the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology wins Gilbane’s coveted award.

AIA selects top ten green projects

April 29, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

Sunoptics receives Green Leadership Award

April 1, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Sunoptics, a leader in high-performance prismatic daylighting solutions, received a Green Leadership Award for its energy-efficient daylighting solutions from the Sacramento Business Journal. The Green Leadership Awards recognize the region's people, companies, and organizations that are developing and implementing the most transformative green technologies, products, and services.

CO Architects wins for ‘Hospital of the Future’

March 15, 2013 4:42 pm | News | Comments

The Palomar Medical Center (PMC) in Escondido, Calif., designed by CO Architects, has been named “Best of the Best Health Care Project” nationally and California’s “Best Overall Project” and “Best Health Care Project” by Engineering News-Record.

Harvard University, Sherman Fairchild Biochemistry Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.

March 15, 2013 4:00 pm | News | Comments

The Sherman Fairchild Building, originally completed in 1981, was renovated to house the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. Addressing a 50% increase in population density, the focus aimed to add space for tissue culture and support space as well as create shared department resources.

Laboratory of the Year Awards Announced

February 27, 2013 7:58 pm | News | Comments

In its 47th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction.  Judging for this year’s competition was conducted by a Blue Ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, and researchers.This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

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.

Lab of the Year Entries Closed for 2013

February 12, 2013 4:07 pm | by Patrice Galvin, Laboratory Design News | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory of the Year  and winners of special categories will be announced in an upcoming issue of Laboratory Design Connection (e-newsletter). Profiles of the labs will be featured in the June issue of Laboratory Design.

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.

Fresh thinking for sustainable, economical laboratories

February 5, 2013 3:35 pm | News | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is a dynamic educational and networking event for those involved in planning, designing, engineering, constructing, and operating laboratory facilities. This year's agenda features recognized experts delivering sophisticated content on trends in creating efficient, green, and research-forward laboratory spaces.

Geothermal loops used in AIA honor award project

February 5, 2013 3:32 pm | News | Comments

One of the first uses of a geothermal system in the U.S. was part of a project recently given an AIA 2013 National Honor Award. The Art Stable by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects uses geothermal loops inserted in the building's structural piles to create an innovative and highly energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling system.

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