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Nitrogen Generator

June 25, 2015 2:26 pm | by Terra Universal Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal offers nitrogen generators that feature a hollow-fiber membrane, producing dry nitrogen up to 99.5% pure. Choose among three sizes and four flow ranges to make these in-house nitrogen generators suitable for almost any sized lab storage or process application.

Conventional lab design doesn’t compute

June 25, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Snyder, Principal Architect, NBBJ | Articles | Comments

When people think of labs, they typically imagine the traditional wet lab: high benches arranged...

Three tips to consider when designing a sustainable lab

June 24, 2015 1:03 pm | by Samantha Hale | Articles | Comments

There are many ways to design a sustainable lab, but the success depends on how a researcher...

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June 23, 2015 2:59 pm | by Kimberly-Clark Professional | Product Releases | Comments

One way to help prevent slips, trips and falls is to make sure shoe covers provide as much...

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Microbial Air Samplers

June 23, 2015 11:09 am | by EMD Millipore | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore has launched three additions to its MAS-100 product family. The MAS-100 Iso MH and MAS-100 Iso NT systems were developed for use in isolators and enable sampling at critical control points. The distinguishing feature of the MAS-100 Iso MH system is its four sampling heads, which allow for increased monitoring capacity compared to single-head systems.

Cognitive design: Environments for neuroscience research

June 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by Ed Cordes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

We are at a unique moment in the world’s scientific enterprise; our collective knowledge base, coupled with new technological capabilities and a robust coordinated and focused funding stream, is supporting significant advances in our understanding of how the human brain works.

Science on display: Making specialty labs visible

June 15, 2015 8:48 am | by Matthew Fickett, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

A first priority of a lab is the ability to complete scientific research. To put it another way: The lab must allow the work to be done safely; it must meet the basic physical parameters needed, contain the equipment, accommodate the researchers and even provide a comfortable and attractive space in which to operate.

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Monitoring lab energy usage

June 11, 2015 4:30 pm | by Chuck McKinney, VP, Strategic Accounts, Aircuity Inc., Newton, Mass. | Articles | Comments

Laboratories are notorious for their extraordinary energy consumption, often using six to 10 times the amount of energy of a normal office facility. As more and more attention is given to reduce lab energy use, it becomes increasingly more important to understand the energy drivers in labs to better target energy-conservation measures and improve occupant behaviors.

Adaptive design: It's always a balancing act

June 11, 2015 3:27 pm | by Maryam Katouzian, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

The planning of research spaces is driven by the type of client and institution, and its users. The majority of public/ government agencies, academic and research institutions have well-established standards and requirements architects can use in the planning process. On the other hand, private and independent research entities might rely on architects to guide them through the process, and even assist in establishing standards.

June 2015 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 11, 2015 1:50 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the Smithsonian Institute's Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) National Virology Center: The Plowright Building. The issue also visits the topics of trends in modern lab design, lab renovations and more.

More than just a pretty face

June 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The developers of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) describe their project as “a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world.” With design by global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot, SAHMRI was the first project completed within the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

A sustainable environment

June 10, 2015 8:45 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

On September 19, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors of its greenest building to date: The Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md. Designed to be the first LEED-Platinum building for the institution, the Mathias Lab demonstrates a renewed commitment by the Smithsonian and the U.S. Congress to invest in crucial environmental research.

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A window to containment facility design

June 8, 2015 2:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Can a high containment lab have windows? Can the traditional model of a high containment lab be turned inside out? Can a high containment facility offer better life quality? The answer to all these questions is yes. Home to three international reference labs for 10 exotic viral diseases of livestock, The Pirbright Institute focuses on virology and, specifically, animal health, including zoonotic diseases.

Lab of the Year Awards display architectural excellence

June 8, 2015 12:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

In their 49th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2015’s competition took place on Thursday, February 19th, 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.

Modern trends in lab design

June 4, 2015 3:49 pm | by Lindsay Hock, 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 the future.

Lab of the future trends

June 4, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

In “Modern trends in lab design” I’ve covered the latest trends in labs today. But what do architects foresee of future lab designs? And what issues still need to be addressed to make labs better for researchers and their research?

Modern lab design pitfalls

June 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to focus on the positive trends within lab design. The industry is full of buzzwords such as energy efficiency, sustainability, resiliency and collaboration. All these buzzwords truly are positive in building design and can lead to amazing and sexy architectural structures. However, not everything is positive in the industry.

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Clean and comfortable: A brief look at materials in labs

June 4, 2015 8:52 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Many new materials are entering the marketplace as a result of technology advancements. And, with the growing concern of sustainability and resiliency, lab clients are much more sensitive to the use of sustainable materials within their lab environments. From casework, to flooring, to the use of glass, the lab landscape is changing.

Lighting the path to efficient lab design

June 3, 2015 3:35 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The goal of any lab planner is to make labs as safe, functional and comfortable as possible. And one of the larger issues in regards to researchers’ comfort is lighting. However, not only is lighting a comfort issue in labs, but it’s also a sustainability issue.

Lab renovations: Four significant challenges

June 3, 2015 2:17 pm | by Alan Liddy and Deborah Suzan Huff, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Lab design is inordinately complex and often riddled with contradictions. So, when a lab must be relocated or renovated, the design process and subsequent project execution is exponentially complicated by yet another variable, existing facility and operating conditions.

Building renewal: The good, the bad and the ugly

June 3, 2015 8:47 am | by Joshua R. Gassman, RA, Senior Associate, LEED AP BD+C, Lord Aeck Sargent | Articles | Comments

Re-use, recycle, renovate or re-build—as architects and planners for higher education and research facilities, we wrestle with these choices time and again. It’s assumed we will design beautiful and functional spaces, as our education and experience have trained us. But before we dive into any architectural design work, an enormous task is before us.

Bringing the consumer sensory lab home

June 2, 2015 3:39 pm | by Roselia Harris, LEED AP ID+C, Senior Interior Designer, Hixson Architecture, Engineering Interiors | Articles | Comments

According to data from McKinsey, a leading market research firm, as many as three out of four new products fail. In attempts to curb their new product failure rate, many companies rely on direct consumer engagement to help put new product introductions one step closer to success. Using direct consumer feedback on new products isn’t a new idea.

Experiential learning paradigms enhance education

June 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by Toni Loiacano, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C and Leslie Sims, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EYP Architecture & Engineering | Articles | Comments

Engineering education is experiencing a reinvention. More than ever before, colleges and universities are employing experiential learning paradigms to enhance and solidify learning, with curriculums being reinvented and tailored to maximize relevancy to industrial real-world needs.

A narrow look at lab plumbing solutions

June 2, 2015 3:17 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Like all aspects of a lab environment, safety is any lab plumbing engineer’s first priority when designing plumbing systems for labs. These solutions must also help meet research needs. Every researcher in a lab who deals with hazardous substances needs access to emergency fixtures and eye washes that will help them remove contaminants in the event of a mishap.

New Academic Building, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.

June 2, 2015 2:29 pm | News | Comments

The New Academic Building gives Davidson a collaborative environment for teaching and transdisciplinary research, and a facility that will flex to accommodate new disciplines that will emerge in the years ahead. The building will be home to the departments of biology, chemistry, psychology and environmental studies, with two wings of teaching and research space and a 400-seat forum at its heart.

Computational Theory Suite, New York Univ.

June 2, 2015 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Mitchell|Giurgola Architects was retained by New York Univ. to develop a new Computational Theory Suite for the Dept. of Chemistry. Located on the upper floors of the Silver Science Complex, this new space consolidates several computational researchers, previously spread throughout the building.

Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2, Univ. of Houston, Wheeler Street, Houston

June 2, 2015 2:18 pm | News | Comments

The Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2) integrates teaching, research and clinical programs in the second phase of the development of the Univ. of Houston’s biomedical campus. The nine-story facility provides a new home for the College of Pharmacy and three floors of expanded research space for the university-wide Dept. of Research.

Bioscience 2 (Collaboration between Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Campus and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority)

June 2, 2015 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Bioscience 2 is a multi-use Greenfield facility for research and education. Slated for LEED-Gold certification, the building will function as a university- incubator hybrid. With lab space on all four floors, CRB performed detailed lab planning to optimize both teaching and research spaces.

EYP announces Jeffrey Schantz as S&T Leader

June 2, 2015 1:59 pm | by EYP Architecture and Engineering | News | Comments

EYP Architecture and Engineering announced Jeffrey Schantz, AIA, NCARB, recently joined the firm as Science & Technology Leader for EYP’s emerging Science & Technology practice, serving clients in academic, higher education, institutional, corporate, technology and government sectors.

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