This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features our annual construction cost survey. Other features in the issue include information on development for biomedical research labs, glazing design and thermal comfort, the future of science and technology, making the case for soft landing, planning a lab around researcher's needs and designing and building the Lab of the Year.
In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers...
At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an...
Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change...
Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.
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.
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.
Hamilton Scientific has introduced the Panorama steel lab casework and the Mistral fume hood. The Panorama universal steel cabinet is engineered using an innovative design process to produce high-quality steel casework that provides a variety of sizes and styles that are field convertible.
Lista International’s Tech Drawer Pull aluminum-anodized drawer handle covers are available in three finishes and are easy-to-clean and dependable. The drawer handle covers stand up to the roughest working environments. Sitting flush with the cabinet, the drawer handles improve safety and appearance by eliminating protruding edges.
TROX USA now offers an integrated RN control valve with its active chilled beams, providing added benefits for constant-volume lab spaces. The circular RN volume flow controller is field adjustable, requires no tools and uses no external power, saving energy and reducing system maintenance.
Kemutec’s Mucon Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV) is a suitable cleanroom pass-thru solution. The IDV provides an effective, hygienic and reliable way to seal around tubes and pipes passing through a wall. The glanding characteristics allow the IDV to gland around irregular-shaped objects and provide a dust and pressure seal.
Mott Manufacturing’s adaptable Optima fume hood allows for personalized ergonomics, changing lab processes and is designed to meet demanding safety standards. The hood features a push-button height-adjustable worksurface that improves ergonomics and accommodates people with disabilities and a self-lowering sash that enhances operator safety and energy savings.
Greenheck’s Vektor-MS inline mixed-flow lab exhaust fan is designed to reduce fan energy in demand-based lab exhaust applications and safely allows variable frequency drives to be applied to the lab exhaust fan. Featuring Sure-Aire noninvasive flow monitoring, the Vektor-MS responds to changes in airflow and static pressure in an occupied space.
Lehman College’s new Science Facility serves seven different disciplines, housing teaching and research labs, greenhouses, a vivarium and an NMR suite. The first of three phases, the facility includes wet research labs for environmental sciences, biology and chemistry. Teaching labs include biology, microbiology and chemistry.
Founded by J. Craig Venter, the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is home to staff and scientists with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, high-throughput DNA sequencing, information technology and genomic and environmental policy research.
It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade ago that facilities have grown and evolved to accommodate researcher’s needs when planning lab space. As labs are very equipment- and infrastructure-intensive, placing them in the core of a building sometimes seems logical as they may have shorter duct and utility runs, light sensitivity and provide efficient circulation for material and waste.
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.
Labconco Corp. has over 80 instructional videos on its Website and YouTube. The video topics range from product installations to operational information to fun science features. The videos are organized by product category. In the fume hood category, for example, there are videos pertaining to all Labconco fume hoods and the accessories available for them.
Following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.
Kanomax’s Gasmaster handheld gas monitor is suitable for indoor, industrial and outdoor air-quality monitoring. The unit is compatible with over 30 different interchangeable sensor heads; one monitor can be used to measure multiple gases and concentrations.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.’s S3 Biosafety System Class I is an intelligent aerosol containment hood designed for Bio-Rad’s S3 Cell Sorter. The system adheres to the biosafety requirements of the ISAC and protects users and the environment from aerosols created during the cell sorting process.
Labconco’s redesigned Protector stainless steel radioisotope hoods feature fully sealed integral worksurfaces with coved interiors to facilitate decontamination. New to the design are two Cord-Keeper slots located on the left and right side of the airfoil to allow the sash to close completely when electrical cords from equipment inside the hood are plugged into receptacles located on the corner posts.
Global Cooling Inc. has introduced the Stirling Ultracold -80 C ultra-low-temperature freezer using a 100% natural refrigerant cooling system. The new freezer will increase money available for basic medical research by reducing ultra-low storage operating costs by more than half.
LabStrong offers the Fi-Streem Vacuum Oven. The vacuum oven features a compact footprint with a 31-L capacity rectangular chamber. The durable outer case is constructed of painted steel and the interior chamber is a robust light alloy aluminum casting. Glass fiber insulation wrapped around the outside of the oven chamber helps maintain safe, low outer case temperatures while increasing energy efficiency.
HEMCO’s UniFlow Trace Metal Fume Hoods are specifically designed for applications where high accuracy is a must and its imperative that the fume hood be constructed of non-metallic materials. The fume hoods feature a welded one-piece seamless polypropylene interior fume chamber and baffle.
The 67,000-sf building acts as a focal point for Endicott College’s campus entrance. The building’s design promotes interdisciplinary departmental collaboration. The business wing is comprised of learning and meeting spaces, showcasing versatile A/V media resources, student break areas and faculty offices. A 150-seat auditorium augments space for both the business and science wings.
Kemin Industries Inc., a global private company that develops ingredients for a broad range of industries, has seven divisions, each with its own R&D team. The company decided to consolidate the R&D teams in a single facility. The visitor’s experience from Kemin’s world headquarters is a unique one.
The 196,000-sf Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility accommodates growth for a new multi-departmental initiative in genomic medicine, an expanded department of neurosciences and new faculty in pediatrics, reproductive medicine and bioinformatics. The building is closely knit into the School of Medicine community of buildings and is targeting LEED Platinum certification.
Sartorius’ Entris analytical and precision balance is available in 15 models, covering a weighing capacity from 60 to 8,200 g with a readability of 0.1 mg to 0.1 g. The balances feature a monolithic weighing system featuring external adjustment or an internal, motorized adjustment function.
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