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leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities.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.
Torrey Pines Scientific Inc. introduced the EchoTherm Model SC25XT fully programmable, variable-speed shaking dry bath. The SC25XT is fully programmable with five-program memory and with a temperature range from -20 C to 100 C. It has a variable-speed orbital shaker for mixing samples while controlling sample temperature to 1 C.
VACUUBRAND’s new Web-based VACUU•CONTROL technology permits one or more VACUU∙LAN local vacuum network pumps to be controlled from any Web-enabled desktop or mobile device. By interfacing with a VACUUBRAND VARIO pump used as a network server pump, a user can turn vacuum networks on or off and can monitor networks remotely to adjust network vacuum depth or save energy by detecting open valves in vacant labs.
Mystaire Inc. has introduced its Aura Elite Ductless Fume Hood. The fume hood includes the latest in microprocessor-based controls, including constant monitoring of fume hood face velocity, gas phase filtration saturation, temperature and humidity monitoring, along with instantaneous filter to chemical application validation.
Erlab’s Halo is a lab-grade air filtration system that provides safe reduction of air change rates while simultaneously improving the air quality of a lab. The technology utilizes Erlab’s patented Neutrodine filtration technology, allowing users to keep air quality high, without wasting energy.
Air Science USA’s Vent-Box ductless filtration system is designed to protect lab personnel from chemical vapors found inside of stand-alone chemical safety cabinets. The Vent-Box utilizes the Air Science Multiplex Filtration System.
Armstrong Fluid Technology has expanded its Astro wet-rotor circulator offering with the introduction of the Astro 2 Series. Featuring four new sizes, the Astro 2 Series now offers flange-to-flange and bolt-to-bolt compatibility with 100% of competing models in terms of performance.
Labconco’s WaterPro BT water purification system offers all-in-one versatility in a compact size for lab benchtops. It delivers ultra-pure Type I, 18.2 megohm-cm, at a typical rate of > 0.5 L/min at inlet water temperature of 25 C either manually, or volumetrically, directly from tap water. It also delivers reverse osmosis (RO)-purified Type III water stored in the integral 6-L tank.
Mott Manufacturing’s Observation2 fume hood provides next-generation aesthetics, ergonomics, energy conservation and safety. Large glass panels bring in natural light and views while giving supervisors the ability to see students or employees are working safely.
E+E Elektronik’s EE671 transmitter measures air velocity up to 20 m/sec. The built-in VTQ flow sensing element, based on thin-film technology, works on the hot-film anemometer principle. The sensor design, made possible by the use of transfer molding technology, is particularly resistant to contamination.
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.
Phoenix Controls has introduced version 1.2 of Supervisor, its dashboard analytics software for airflow controls systems. The latest version adds comprehensive alarm management functionality to quickly identify and rectify equipment abnormalities.
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