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April 2015 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

April 21, 2015 9:58 am | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features articles on commissioning labs for energy savings, next-generation engineering labs, fast-track project delivery, incubator lab design, fire alarms in animal facilities, forensic lab design and more. The issue also includes news notes, new products and new projects.

Don’t mock the mock-up: The value of tangible tools in conceptual lab design

April 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Erin Miller, MA, LEED GA, Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

The process of scientific investigation—in the simplest of terms—is one of trial-and-error....

Facility planning for large research imaging equipment

April 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by Doug Dorney, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

Not long ago a prospective client called and asked if it would be feasible to incorporate a...

How academic institutions partner with private industry

April 20, 2015 9:35 am | by Janet Corzo, AIA, Associate, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Partnerships between universities and businesses are nothing new, but these partnerships have...

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Science Connect: Positive Energy: Sustaining a Great Lab Environment

April 20, 2015 8:57 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Videos | Comments

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. These days, most lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum—and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.

Simulating a hospital environment

April 17, 2015 3:29 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Simulation centers are often located in the basement or unused space of hospitals, universities and research centers. In some cases, they are a facilities best-kept secret, as they provide a wealth of learning and activities to prep workers for real-world situations. Most are also architecturally nondescript.

Emerging models in undergraduate science research labs

April 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by Sara Gewurz, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

The increased pressure for undergraduates to gain research experience prior to graduate school has led to more students requesting participation in a lab environment throughout their undergraduate career. Undergraduate institutions are now faced with the challenge of finding an environment where faculty can succeed in their individual research endeavors, as well as teach these future scientists in their research labs.

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Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 17, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Videos | Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.

Lab utilities help promote science

April 16, 2015 4:28 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Compared to industrial and residential construction, labs are expensive as they are highly complex in nature. The end goal to constructing a functional lab is to provide valuable research results. At the heart of a lab is the research conducted and, as a result, lab owners can’t compromise research efforts by overlooking key aspects of the workspace—such as safety, comfort and sustainability.

Controlling vibration

April 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Much equipment used in nanotech, physical and biological sciences can’t function properly if subjected to vibrations that exceed small threshold values. As a result, lab designers are faced with the challenge of developing designs where vibration disturbances are within acceptable limits to further science.

Science Connect: The Translational Approach

April 16, 2015 8:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Videos | Comments

Translational research is a paradigm for research designed to enable innovative thinking by leveraging the benefits of collaboration. First emerging in the mid-1990s in reference to cancer studies spanning basic science, over the past two decades the definition has broadened and evolved.

Retro-commission your lab building for energy savings

April 15, 2015 4:33 pm | by John D. Villani, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, CEM, GBE, and Dan Doyle, PE, LEED AP O+M, Grumman/Butkus Associates | Articles | Comments

A well-designed lab facility will deliver a powerful combination of safety, functionality, efficiency and responsible use of resources. Most owners strive to achieve these goals in any new lab project or major renovation or addition. Performance can be documented by commissioning: third-party testing of the facility’s major mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems before a new or renovated project is turned over to the owner.

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Engineering’s new space needs

April 15, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jeff DeGregorio, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

In the past decade, the breadth of research focus areas within engineering has undergone a monumental transformation and expansion. Payette has investigated these transitions at many levels—from small-scale highly technical research lab designs to multiple institutional master plans.

Pros and cons of fast-track project delivery

April 15, 2015 2:41 pm | by Steve Gurtel, Senior Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C), Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

When done right, fast-track construction delivery methods can bring enormous benefits to the owner and the entire project team. They can significantly reduce the overall project design and construction schedule. Poor execution of a fast-track project will most certainly lead to problems, cost overruns, adversarial relationships and schedule delays.

Science Connect: Flexibility Built In

April 14, 2015 2:39 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Videos | Comments

Flexibility is critical when considering the future of science, research and lab environments. However, research needs down the road are difficult to predict, and flexibility is hard to define. Yet, reducing a facility’s flexibility may mean the loss of spare engineering capacities/infrastructures, services planning and space for anticipated growth and fit-out.

Out of the incubator, into the nest

April 10, 2015 4:07 pm | by Robert B. Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Svigals + Partners | Articles | Comments

Research science startups face similar decisions and crises any new business venture might. The volatile marketplace demand for breakthrough research and the rigors of nurturing a new business make early-stage decisions crucial, even perilous. The startup’s first dedicated research lab represents a major investment of capital, and to invest wisely, leadership should ask itself a few fundamental questions.

Fire alarm audible notification considerations in vivariums

April 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Deanna Schmidt, PE, Associate, Arup | Articles | Comments

Creating an environment for optimizing the control of outside factors in vivarium facilities is critical to the success of reliable research outcomes. Animal responses are directly impacted by their environments—by air, access to food and water, light cycles and noise. Acoustic separation to isolate animal areas from noise and minimizing intrusive sounds into animal-occupied spaces is desired.

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Science Connect: The Evolving Lab Environment

April 9, 2015 11:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Videos | Comments

Science is evolving: It’s becoming more translational and multidisciplinary in nature. Just as science evolves, so do lab environments. Most lab environments are now designed to be more open and not just meant for one discipline—today, biologists may work next to chemists, or chemists work alongside physicists, and so on.

A 10-year journey

April 9, 2015 9:39 am | by Jinhee Lee, Matt Wilmus and Susan Halla, Crime Lab Design | Articles | Comments

The Midwest can boast of a new 60,000-sf crime lab (which shall remain unnamed). Designed by Crime Lab Design (CLD), this facility has been a long time coming, and is a good reminder of the virtue of patience. Even in good economic times, the facility would’ve faced two significant challenges to begin with: First, justifying the project to a wary state government; and second, securing funding from that government.

Lab Integration Solution

April 8, 2015 4:04 pm | by Phoenix Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Controls offers a flexible integration architecture that enables facility staff and management to easily monitor the health of their lab equipment. Based on real-time diagnostics from intelligent airflow valve controllers, staff can quickly make informed decisions to ensure safety, while reducing energy costs.

Lab Fume Hood

April 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Mott Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Mott Manufacturing’s adaptable Optima fume hood allows for personalized ergonomics and changing lab processes. It’s designed to meet demanding safety standards within lab environments. With its sleek and stylish design, the Optima fume hood brings versatility to a new level. The fume hood features a push-button height-adjustable worksurface that improves ergonomics and accommodates persons with disabilities.

Next-generation Filtered, Green Fume Hood

April 8, 2015 3:57 pm | by Labconco Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Labconco has introduced the energy-efficient Protector Echo Filtered Fume Hood that operates without removing tempered air from the lab and independent of the building’s exhaust system. The Echo offers features unavailable with other ductless, filtered hoods. Erlab’s Neutrodine filters are the main filtration component of the Protector Echo.

Emergency Safety Shower Decontamination Booth

April 8, 2015 3:52 pm | by HEMCO Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO Corp.’s emergency shower/decontamination booths are fully assembled and ready for installation to water supply and waste systems. The shower is molded in a one-piece seamless chemical-resistant fiberglass. It’s equipped with a pull rod-activated shower and push handle eye/face wash for immediately drenching of personnel who have been exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Vacuum Hand Controller

April 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by Vacuubrand | Product Releases | Comments

The VHCpro vacuum hand controller from Vacuubrand provides touch control of vacuum supplied by bench turrets. Common practice of leaving vacuum ports open during liquid aspiration applications permits air entry to the vacuum system and reduces vacuum available to other users. With the VHCpro, the user simply mounts a pipet or pipette tip to the controller and touches the control lever to aspirate.

Ceiling-mounted Air Filtration Units

April 8, 2015 2:33 pm | by Air Science USA | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’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 Air Science EFT Enhanced Filtration Technology, developed to ensure universal protection in the work environment over a wide range of applications within the industry.

HVAC Humidity/Temperature Transmitter for Duct Mounting

April 8, 2015 2:29 pm | by E+E Elektronik | Product Releases | Comments

E+E Elektronik’s EE150 humidity and temperature transmitter has been optimized for use in the HVAC and building technology sectors. The IP65/NEMA 4 enclosure provides optimal protection of the electronics and the capacitive E+E humidity sensor element guarantees long-term stable measurement results.

U.S. Secretary of Energy dedicates NSLS-II

April 8, 2015 2:22 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, dedicated the world’s most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in February. Designed by HDR, the facility generates some of the brightest beams in the world used for research in energy, environmental science and medicine.

Perkins Eastman joins Winthrop-Univ. Hospital in celebrating ribbon cutting

April 8, 2015 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Perkins Eastman recently joined Winthrop-Univ. Hospital in a ribbon cutting celebration to mark the grand opening of the new Research and Academic Center. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 95,000-sf translational research and academic facility will foster state-of-the-art research in the treatment and prevention of pediatric and adult diabetes in collaboration with patient care and community education.

Three Perkins+Will leaders appointed AIA Fellows

April 8, 2015 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Perkins+Will’s Campus Planning Director Brodie Bain, Design Director Robert Goodwin and Principal Bill Schmalz have been appointed Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA’s Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

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