This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features articles on sustainability in labs, new methods for optimizing flexibility in research environments, commissioning, how to be a great first-time user representative, liquid-cooled sustainability and more. The issue also includes news notes, new products and new projects.
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Flexibility in research labs has been a universal goal in recent years. Components that contribute to flexibility include lab casework systems and utility connections, zoning specific areas of a building and programming. In many situations, flexibility is solely focused on the solutions possible within the typical lab area vs. a more holistic look at the larger view of the research ecosystem.
Many higher education institutions are struggling to meet a broad spectrum of facilities recapitalization needs that return the greatest benefit to the campus. These needs include capital improvements to flexible facilities that support contemporary learning and create an interactive, collaborative experience for the broad and evolving campus community.
The typical lab building is an energy hog. These buildings house complex environments heavy on equipment and infrastructure and are regulated by strict code requirements. While the basics of green architecture create a strong backbone for sustainable lab environments, a truly successful green lab strategy strives to contribute to the occupants’ comfort while addressing a need for constant change, heavy energy usage and waste regulations.
How do we design labs for future uses that haven’t been defined? Today’s interdisciplinary approach to scientific research requires synergistic, extremely flexible lab spaces that accommodate the needs of diverse users. To support the growing convergence of scientific disciplines and quickly evolving technologies, organizations must provide flexible research environments that allow for efficient short- and long-term changes.
Commissioning has become an increasingly common practice. It’s essentially a formalized functional performance test of an entire building’s systems—a process that validates, verifies and documents the builder’s project objectives have been fully met. Simply put, commissioning independently confirms newly built, renovated or existing buildings work the way they’re supposed to.
A proposed framework for an alternative, integrated path to becoming an architect, which could culminate in students earning their architectural license at graduation, has drawn interest from more than 30 institutions that offer accredited architectural degree programs, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and Skanska announced a new U.S. partnership. With the partnership, Skanska has committed to aligning the delivery of heavy infrastructure civil projects with efforts to ensure the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the communities where they are built.
The new $82 million instructional science facility at Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be designed by a collaboration of national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR in association with local partner River Architects. This project will provide a complete replacement of Cowley Hall, the current UW-La Crosse science instruction facility built in 1965.
In its 49th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 19th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.
EYP announced Leslie Sims recently joined the firm as a Science Expert, supporting EYP’s nationally recognized higher education, government and corporate sectors. For more than 30 years, she has been a widely acknowledged leader in innovative architecture for science, engineering and technology, and is nationally recognized for the management, planning and design of a wide variety of lab spaces.
Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, announced Carl Crow, PE, ASHRAE HBDP, has joined the firm in its Houston location as an associate principal mechanical engineer with a focus on healthcare and research facilities. Crow will be responsible for leading and growing the healthcare/health science design capabilities in the firm’s Houston office.
Treanor Architects is pleased to announce the hiring of Patrick Jones to the firm’s S&T team. With 15 years of experience in architecture, and a specialized focus on science and lab facilities, Jones adds depth to the firm’s capabilities.
Do you have what it takes to provide input for the design of a new building? Good researchers and good user representatives often share similar qualities. User representatives are the primary link between the designers and the functional requirements of a lab project. They provide the expertise the design team needs to shape the general planning parameters.
The idea of green and sustainable building isn’t a new one. In fact, the idea of using sustainable materials for building has been around for generations. But until recently, the goal of achieving LEED Platinum certification was retained for buildings that weren’t massively energy dependent.
Long Island Univ. Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Laboratories (Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis)February 13, 2015 4:12 pm | News | Comments
Working with an ambitious timeline of just under one year, Perkins+Will has reinvented two facilities as new pharmacology labs for Long Island Univ. Located on the top floor of a three-story building in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., the 6,000-sf labs expands Long Island Univ.’s position in the area of graduate education and research by creating an advanced analytical lab.
Toronto’s Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex (FSCC) has received an Award of Merit from the 2014 American Institute of Architects Justice Facility Review. Stantec Architecture, in association with MWL Architects, served as the Proponent Design Architects and Architects of Record on the project.
Five years ago, it was revolutionary to put chilled beam heating and cooling in a lab; but now this hydronic form of sustainable HVAC is increasingly common in modern, sustainable lab settings. Chilled beams are operated where pipes of water are passed through a beam, or heat exchanger, either integrated into standard suspended ceiling systems or suspended a short distance from the ceiling of a lab.
Leatherwood Plastics offers benches and workstations tailored to suit clean process and pharmaceutical manufacturing needs. The Megasonic Wafer Cleaning Bench is a manually operated, acid cleaning tool constructed of polypropylene and has a footprint of 60 in wide by 37 in deep by 93.5 in high. The bench has a portioned sloped, sump area separating process and QDR waste and their drains.
The cleanroom height-adjustable workstation from Palbam Class allows the operator to quickly change table height to ensure a comfortable, ergonomic work environment. The automatic height-adjustable tables are manufactured from clean, non-corrosive materials. The table top and leveler base are manufactured from stainless steel 304L with electro-polished finish.
Air Science USA’s Purair 20 ductless fume hood is designed to provide operator protection when using hazardous substances. A face velocity at 100 fpm ensures containment of fumes, and an alarm will alert the operator when the airflow falls to an unacceptable level. All mechanisms in the head section of the Purair 20 are on the clean side of the filter, preventing contamination.
HEMCO canopy hoods are designed to collect and exhaust corrosive vapors, heat, steam and odors when mounted over areas with water baths, hot plates or portable equipment. Canopies are available in wall, island and corner models. Canopy hoods are available in stainless steel or fiberglass.
Clean Rooms International offers a comprehensive line of clean bench and workstation models incorporating either HEPA or ULPA air filtration systems. These units provide workspace environments for a variety of applications, such as isolating a manufacturing process or for conducting research.
Labconco Corp. has introduced the Purifier Axiom biosafety cabinet that can function as a Type A2, which recirculates air back into the lab, and as a Type B2, which is ducted to the outside. Features include a convertible sash that’s programmable for either an 8- or 10-in sash opening height.
Reese Scientific recently introduced Presidio On The Go, a re-designed Web interface. Monitoring a facility is now easy with the touch of a finger. Users can monitor critical equipment from anywhere via a smartphone, tablet or desktop. Presidio On The Go offers enhanced user functions and increased data availability on the Web, such as advanced alarm handling and input programming capabilities.
The design of labs for sustainable construction and operation has become a major driver in the A/E/C industry over the past 10 to 15 years. Most large academic, government and corporate lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum, and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.
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