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October 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

October 24, 2014 12:47 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features articles on collaboration, energy efficiency strategies, flexible labs and the construction process. Features include strategies for effective collaboration spaces, lab synergistics that enhance energy efficiency, optimizing lab design for evolving science, move-in timeframes and true flexibility that furthers science.

Cool solutions

October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In the ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer market there’s a continued focus on sample protection...

Designing a LEED Platinum science facility

October 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Rene Rotolo, AVP Campus Planning, Lehman College and Robert Goodwin, Design Director and Principal, Breeze Glazer, Sustainability Leader and Senior Associate and Julio Colon, Project Architect and Senior Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

There’s a common perception that pursuing LEED certification for most building types is...

Mobile design station and teaching wall

October 20, 2014 11:52 am | by Diana D. Glawe, PhD, PE, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

A versatile, robust and mobile design station can be economically constructed by integrating off...

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Effective collaboration spaces

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by Elizabeth Gibb, AIA | Articles | Comments

Innovative thinking drives all scientific research. Scientists require spaces that allow them the freedom to work in a variety of ways. Designing lab buildings is a complicated endeavor for any design team. To have a successful project the architect and scientist must learn to communicate and speak each other’s language.

Lab synergistics enhance energy efficiency

October 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Author: Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

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.

Optimizing lab design for rapidly evolving science

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, FACHA, Senior Principal and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

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.

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You need to move in when?

October 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by Cathryn E. Horan, AIA, LEED AP, PhiloWilke Partnership | Articles | Comments

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.

True flexibility furthers science

October 9, 2014 12:07 pm | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

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.

Liquid labs: Designing for collaboration

October 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Jinhee Lee, AAIA, Carlos Perez-Rubio, LEED AP BD+C, and Ken Mohr, Principal, HERA | Articles | Comments

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.

Structuring success in the science and research market

October 9, 2014 11:26 am | by Derek Johnson, LEED AP, and Bill Harris, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

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.

The science of collaboration

October 8, 2014 4:25 pm | by Mark Kranz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C ,and Adam Denmark, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

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.

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Perkins+Will's Atlanta office certified by SITES

October 8, 2014 4:05 pm | News | Comments

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 acquires Hunt Construction Group

October 8, 2014 4:03 pm | News | Comments

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 named Managing Principal

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm | News | Comments

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 announces new headquarters

October 8, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

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 adds Eric Kirkland as director of engineering in Dallas office

October 8, 2014 3:57 pm | News | Comments

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.

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Chilling/Heating Dry Bath

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Remote Vacuum Network Control

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Ductless Fume Hood

October 8, 2014 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Lab Air Filtration System

October 8, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Ductless Filtration System

October 8, 2014 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Three-speed Circulators

October 8, 2014 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Water Purification System

October 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Energy-efficient Fume Hood

October 8, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Miniature Airflow Transmitter for HVAC

October 8, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Milliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

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.

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Headquarters

October 8, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

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.

Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB), Kensington campus, Univ. of New South Wales, Austrialia

October 8, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

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.

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