This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.
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Unleashing the huge potential of data will be the focus of a new global institute at Imperial College London. In the last two years the world has produced more data than in all of human history. Developing insights from better analysis of this information will enable us to improve our predictions of diseases in people, stimulate innovation, unleash waves of productivity and create new consumer services.
Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.
The design, layout and placement of labs have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support lean processes—including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization—whereas a “bad” design may create waste and make flow more difficult.
For a long time, the thermal performance of façades in research buildings has been undervalued because of the large volumes of air being moved through the space. Using the arsenal of strategies currently available to lab designers, air volumes in many contemporary research labs have been reduced to the minimums needed to maintain health and safety.
Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.
Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders and gases. Static charges are the result of triboelectric charging of dissimilar materials, such as clothing against skin and shoe soles on the floor surface.
The Univ. of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) serves as the headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF and in the state. The building houses patient-oriented research venues for the Institute on Aging and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as several research groups studying topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, muscular dystrophy and health outcomes and policy.
The Purair Flex Film Isolator features a curved film design that provides more working volume in the glove bag. The double O-ring design on the standard polyurethane cuffs allow users to quickly and easily change gloves to meet a variety of dexterity needs.
Fluid Metering’s newly released 2014 full-line catalog contains new products as well as expanded flow and configuration information. The catalog details standard products, operating principles, pump capacities, drive characteristics, materials of construction, typical applications and ordering information.
The Mystaire FE-2620 ductless economy chemical workstation provides operator protection while performing routine lab manipulations with liquid chemicals or powders. The ductless economy chemical workstation can easily be positioned over a lab sink, or placed directly on a counter or benchtop.
MKS has introduced the a-Baratron, an advanced high-performance, heated absolute capacitance manometer with higher tolerance to ambient temperature changes. The a-Baratron manometer is internally heated to 45, 80 or 100 C, and has a pushbutton zero that allows service intervals up to four times longer than earlier models.
Strobic Air offers a monostack fume exhaust fan with wheel sizes from 18 to 36 in. Airflow capacities go to 24,000 cfm with no belts or couplings. The direct drive, low premium efficient VFD duty motors have spark-resistant construction. The efficient nozzle design has high velocity plume dispersion.
The Purelab Chorus from Elga is a range of modular lab water systems delivering a selection of dispense, storage and installation options. The applications include sophisticated research and testing applications, qualitative analyses, feeding ultrapure water systems, glassware washing and autoclaves.
Anoto and ChasmTech announced the SmartInk Redline—a digital pen drawing markup solution with Anoto Live PDF. Designed for utilities, architects and engineers who need timely access to as-built information, SmartInk Redline allows users to markup CAD drawings and automatically reads the Anoto Live PDF files as they are returned.
The TR-72wf contains an integrated Wi-Fi function that enables it to automatically upload recorded data from the logger to TandD’s free cloud-based WebStorage Service. The device has an AP mode which allows for direct log on and downloading of data by a smartphone or tablet.
New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet. The standard defines a standard method for verifying that an implementation of the BACnet protocol provides each capability claimed in its Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement in conformance with Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks.
Air Science’s Purair SKY ceiling-mounted filtration units are designed to protect lab personnel and the environment in areas where hazardous substances are handled. Central to the design of the Purair SKY Series is the Multiplex filtration system and EFT enhanced filtration technology, ensuring universal protection in the work environment over a wide range of applications.
The EPIC brings together the traditional disciplines of civil, environmental, computer and electrical engineering in a collaborative innovative research and teaching community. Activities are focused on the development of energy and power production, from microchip fabrication and development of new structural materials to environmentally friendly solar and wind power.
A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.
Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.
Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.
The Laboratory Design Conference is only three weeks away, with registration ending on March 31st. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussion about hot-button trends in laboratory design is coming to Boston, April 2-4th.
The initial building project focused on converting the existing one-story building into a state-of-the art research and development lab.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking engineering buildings, repositioning strategies for success. Other features include information on successful lab equipment moves, how new buildings are re-defining research and collaboration, how BIM bridges the collaboration gap and how science lab design standards create consistency.
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