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Solving lab ventilation challenges with fabric HVAC air diffusion

September 10, 2014 11:33 am | by Nick Paschke, DuctSox Corp. | Articles | Comments

Most technicians have worked in a lab space with ventilation challenges. Poor lab ventilation can adversely affect air comfort and respiration for occupants, or affect research results via poor temperature control, uneven airflow and drafts. The main cause of ventilation challenges confronting labs today is the introduction of the HVAC supply air with such excessive velocities that the fume exhaust hood capture process is disrupted.

Wisconsin Energy Institute lab casework design

September 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design?...

Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM...

Real-time monitoring of vibration

September 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President, Acentech Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building...

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The future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Articles | Comments

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.

Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

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.

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Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

BSL3 Facilities: Design, Construction and Beyond

June 24, 2014 4:26 pm | Events

If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. You should attend this course if you are a design engineer, facility manager, architect, commission agent, or anyone that is involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL-3 lab.

HVAC Systems and Laboratory Design

June 24, 2014 4:20 pm | Events

This two-day-day introduction to the design and evaluation of laboratory HVAC systems combines lecture, class discussion, hands-on laboratory work, and group activities. Topics include basic airflow principles; ventilation equipment exhaust requirements;  OSHA, ANSI, ASHRAE and NFPA regulations;  fume hood testing and laboratory controls.

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 6, 2014 5:01 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

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Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Trends in modern lab design

June 6, 2014 4:38 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, many entries are entered into R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year competition; but only a select few win. However, each entry exhibits trends in modern lab design. From flexibility to sustainability to collaboration, these trends showcase the best design options for lab facilities today and for the future.

EMD Millipore announces new CEO

June 3, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

EMD Millipore has announced the appointment of Udit Batra, PhD, as its incoming President and CEO, responsible for the organization’s strategic direction to drive growth and product innovation, as well as oversight of the worldwide operations.

Edwards continues strategic growth

June 2, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

Edwards Limited has opened a new vacuum and abatement Service Center in Glenwillow, Ohio. This state-of-the-art center will replace its current remanufacturing hub in Strongsville, and will include Edwards’ latest remanufacturing and repair methodology as well as expanded product repair capability.

Collaboration speeds development of green buildings

June 2, 2014 8:43 am | by Julie Chao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

White roofs have been proven to help cool buildings—thus saving energy and bringing down air-conditioning costs—while also helping to reduce a city’s temperature by reflecting more sunlight back to space. But what would happen with a white roof in a Chinese city, where elevated pollution levels might turn a white roof sooty after a few months?

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Merrick & Co. contributes to High Honor winner in LOY Award competition

May 19, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania State Univ.’s Pell Laboratory has been awarded high honors in R&D Magazine’s 48th Annual Laboratory of the Year competition. The competition recognizes excellence in research lab design, planning and construction of new and renovated labs. Merrick & Company performed structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for all phases of design and construction of this project.

ELGA’s PURELAB Chorus scoops gold at the A’ Design Awards

May 19, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

ELGA LabWater’s PURELAB Chorus has won a prestigious Gold A’ Design Award in the scientific instruments, medical devices and research equipment category. The A’ Design Award uses rigorous evaluation criteria including blind judging, score normalization and cross matching, to reward only designers and organizations that truly deserve special recognition.

Competition selects designer for biological lab, hub

May 19, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

FCB Studios has recently won the architectural competition to design a series of specialist lab buildings, a new hub space and associated connecting atria for the Univ. of Edinburgh. The commission also includes the major renovation and recladding of an existing 1960’s lab tower at the center of the School of Biological Sciences’ Campus.

The countdown is on! Final R&D 100 deadline: May 9, 2014

May 6, 2014 8:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

In response to interest from potential competitors we have made one final extension to the 2014 R&D 100 Awards Entry Deadline: May 9, 2014. That gives anyone with a new product three more weeks to prepare their entry. It is certainly time enough to prepare a new entry as well. Remember, a new product launched at any time in the calendar year 2013 can be considered for the Awards.

Nexeon completes commissioning of manufacturing facility

May 5, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Nexeon, the company developing silicon anode technology for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, has just completed the construction and commissioning of a state-of-the-art process development and manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Oxfordshire. The plant is capable of producing over 20 tons of product a year, and has been built to be highly versatile and able to handle a wide range of materials and reagents.

Princeton Univ. selects SEM-GAS equipment for Andlinger Center

April 21, 2014 9:02 am | News | Comments

SEMI-GAS Systems, a provider of ultra-high-purity gas delivery equipment, announced that Princeton Univ. has selected its Centurion gas source and Nanoturion distribution systems for use in the university’s new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). The SEMI-GAS ultra-high-purity equipment will support the facility’s new labs and cleanrooms.

IPS expands operations to the west coast

April 21, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

IPS (Integrated Project Services Inc.), a leading, full-service engineering, construction, commissioning and qualification firm dedicated to helping clients succeed with capital projects and optimizing operations, announced the expansion of operations with the opening of a new IPS location in Irvine, Calif.

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 and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.

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 five years has marked an increase in the level of scrutiny applied to projects to assure maximum ROI. The early design process demands greater economic analysis of lifecycle costs to reduce operating and energy costs and optimize environmental performance.

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 making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.

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.

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