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April 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

April 8, 2014 11:38 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.

The next generation of integrated research facilities

March 31, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael J. Reagan RA, AIA, NCARB and David R. Linamen PE, CEM, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct...

R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last...

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...

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ESD control flooring in the lab

March 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Erik S. Van Anglen | Articles | Comments

Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders and gases. Static charges are the result of triboelectric charging of dissimilar materials, such as clothing against skin and shoe soles on the floor surface.

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 31st. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussion about hot-button trends in laboratory design is coming to Boston, April 2-4th.

ASHRAE/IES energy standard gains 30% savings over 2004 standard

March 1, 2014 7:08 pm | News | Comments

Extensive analysis work was performed by a team from PNNL. Sixteen different building prototypes were modeled in 17 different climate locations for a total of 272 building types and climate zone combinations. The revision will result in buildings that could achieve more efficiency than those built to the 2010 standard.


February 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

February 26, 2014 3:58 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

ASHRAE Green Grid publication provides data center metrics

February 14, 2014 9:06 pm | News | Comments

Power usage effectiveness (PUE™) has become the industry-preferred and globally adopted metric for measuring the energy efficiency of data centers. In response to this demand, ASHRAE and The Green Grid have published “PUE™: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric.”

Using Solar Energy to Heat and Cool Laboratory Building Envelopes

February 14, 2014 3:31 pm | Events

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.

Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment moves

February 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.


BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab vacuum and sustainable design: Issues and opportunities

February 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter Coffey, Vacuubrand | Articles | Comments

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.

December 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

January 6, 2014 2:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

ASHRAE publishes revised standard on health care facility ventilation

January 6, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

A newly revised standard for ventilation of health care facilities can help designers by providing the minimum requirements for the design of ventilation systems for health care facilities to provide environmental control for comfort, as well as infection and odor control.

NREL-developed software tackles building efficiency and cost savings

December 16, 2013 2:39 pm | News | Comments

The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose and adjust for problems based on direct occupant comfort feedback. Occupants are able to share this feedback via the application dashboard on their desktop computers.


Chilled beams for lab applications

December 5, 2013 2:04 pm | by Drew Elsberry, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Today, more than ever, efforts are being made to find better ways of reducing energy consumption. Whether it’s in our homes or where we work, what we drive or how we live, it’s both to our financial benefit and our environmental responsibility to do things more efficiently. Lab cooling is no different.

Maximizing efficiency by design

December 5, 2013 1:53 pm | Articles | Comments

The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica in one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.

Sustainable renovation in energy-intensive lab while improving EH&S: Otto Maass Chemistry Building, McGill Univ.

December 5, 2013 1:39 pm | by Pierre-Luc Baril, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

The Otto Maass Building, built in 1964 and located on the McGill Univ. campus in downtown Montreal, is dedicated to education and research in chemistry. The total gross floor area is 140,000 sf of which 60% are labs. With an average fume hood density of around ten chemical fume hoods per 5,000 sf, this building was, in 2008, the biggest energy user of the campus.

The sustainability opportunities of innovative lab vacuum technology

December 5, 2013 1:30 pm | by Peter Coffey | Articles | Comments

Vacuum is such a common utility for most labs and is an important influence on the achievement of sustainability objectives. Studies indicate that vacuum pumps can represent 15% or more of the plug loads in labs. If you can significantly reduce energy use by vacuum pumps, you can make an important dent in total lab building plug loads.

Applying BAS to help users conserve energy

December 5, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jim Coogan | Articles | Comments

The big goal for sustainable labs is to consume only as much energy as the lab mission requires. This depends on user behavior and the building response to that behavior. The role of users in energy consumption is gaining recognition. New building automation system (BAS) concepts and user interfaces (UIs) are designed to assist and encourage actions that makes the building work effectively and efficiently.

The Celgene project: Making the impossible, possible

December 5, 2013 1:09 pm | by Don Holden, CLEP | Articles | Comments

Celgene’s 115,000-sf Warm Core and Shell Laboratory Tenant Improvement project in San Diego, Calif., had its challenges right from the outset—beginning with the owner implementing a design-bid-build method to maintain control of the design. The design and construction time frame was extremely compressed with 11 weeks from start of design development to the issued for permit set.

Lab fume hoods for high heat load: A special challenge needs a special design

December 5, 2013 12:59 pm | by Juergen Liebsch | Articles | Comments

With the title “Fume cupboards – Part 7: Fume cupboards for high heat and acidic load” the seventh part of the European series of EN 14175 standards was issued in 2012. The new standard focuses on fume hoods for special applications, including a high heat and/or acidic load. These special applications require additional design, safety, operating and maintenance properties.

Framework for functional design: Labs that work for their users

December 5, 2013 12:53 pm | by Kevin Mussler and Courtney Fisk | Articles | Comments

This abstract addresses designing high-performance labs with a goal of over 50% energy-usage reduction. The speakers present a case study of the Univ. of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER II), a 43,156-sf research building which allowed CAER to expand its research opportunities in the fields of biomass and biofuels, solar energy and electrochemical power sources (capacitors and batteries).

Engaging lab users through best practices, green chemistry to achieve sustainability

December 5, 2013 12:45 pm | by Sudhakar Reddy | Articles | Comments

Like most higher education institutions across the country, lab operations at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) consume approximately four to twelve times more energy compared to a classroom or office environment, providing rich opportunities to save on energy utilities and resources.

Powered plenum bypass: Reduce lab exhaust fan energy, maintain safety

December 5, 2013 12:38 pm | by Joel Good and Gleen Schuyler | Articles | Comments

Many authors have discussed the savings in reducing lab exhaust fan energy. Variable-volume systems and implementation of night setback may provide significant savings. One limitation that has been cited is the need to maintain a safe level of dispersion from the exhaust stacks, to avoid negative impacts at intakes on or near the lab.

Ventilated caging: Strategies for reducing high HVAC costs

December 5, 2013 12:28 pm | by Michael Semenuk | Articles | Comments

When ventilated cages were introduced, they brought forth the promise of improved animal welfare, better protection for animals and technicians, and, labor savings, by increasing the days between cage changes. Present ventilated cage designs have fulfilled these promises. But, can they further reduce labor and energy use?

Sustainable characteristics of a pharmaceutical lab in Mozambique

December 5, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Serruto and David Tash | Articles | Comments

Western architects typically bring the full measure of familiar technology to bear on lab design in developing countries. Design of a pharmaceutical quality control lab has its challenges. Placement of that lab in a country with limited resources in a tropical climate presents additional challenges. AECOM met these by incorporating sustainable features into a building in response to environmental and economic factors impacting design.

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