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Earthquake lab tests new design for safer bridges

July 22, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.

CDC director admits safety problems at germ labs

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic...

FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | Videos | Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S...

NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 22, 2014 7:50 am | by Mark Bello, NIST | Videos | Comments

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington...

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June 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 25, 2014 10:46 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Penn State Univ.'s Eva J. Pell Lab for Advanced Biological Studies, Washington State Univ.'s Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The issue also visits the topics of trends in modern lab design, shaping the scientific workplace of the future and benefits of branding the lab.

Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

June 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The co-founders of Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinout KGS Buildings have a saying: “All buildings are broken.” Energy wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.

SOM’s design for UCLA recognized at LA Architectural Awards

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The SOM-designed Univ. of Los Angeles (UCLA) Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences was the winner of the Under Construction Category.

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Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion receives LA Architectural Award

June 16, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles Business Council recently honored HOK’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards luncheon. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was selected as a winner in the Healthcare category.

California Health Care Facility Team wins IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award

June 16, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

The HDR project team, part of the Clark-McCarthy a Joint Venture (CMAJV) for the California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Stockton, recently won the 2014 International Partnering Institute's (IPI) Partnered Project of the Year Award.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Taking a cue from basic management practices, the adage that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure or monitor is just as true in sustainability applications as it is in human relations. All the design efforts created by the architects and engineers for a sustainable research lab structure can be wasted if monitoring and control systems aren’t put in place.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The latest update seen in LEED v4 provides a small glimpse of the expected changes in where sustainability efforts will be focused over the next several years. While some of the LEED certification changes are a little bit more of the same, just reworded and retitled, changes such as the holistic approach to materials analyses, lifecycle considerations and multiple metering (monitoring) requirements establish new challenges for submitters.

Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community. Here are some sustainable design resources.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

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Trends in modern lab design

June 6, 2014 4:38 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, many entries are entered into R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year competition; but only a select few win. However, each entry exhibits trends in modern lab design. From flexibility to sustainability to collaboration, these trends showcase the best design options for lab facilities today and for the future.

Shaping the scientific workplace of the future

June 6, 2014 3:53 pm | by Joseph Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HOK | Articles | Comments

As an architect and leader of a large science and technology practice group, I have the privilege of focusing on the inner sanctums of these facilities: the labs. These environments, where architects must balance demands for sophisticated technology with the need for dynamic human interaction, are among the most fascinating spaces we encounter.

Benefits of branding the lab

June 6, 2014 2:58 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Labs aren’t just research platforms. They’re also workplaces for principal investigators (PIs), researchers, technicians, support staff and others who spend long hours and often weekends in these buildings and spaces. How their work environment looks, feels and functions is critical to the performance of the scientific organization.

The next-generation lab

June 6, 2014 2:44 pm | by Kevin B. sullivan, FAIA, Christopher E. Baylow, AIA, and Jeffrey R. Zynda, AIA | Articles | Comments

Payette has played a signature role in the evolution of modern labs through consistent innovations and a long tradition of designing influential science and research buildings. More recently, the key components that inform the next-generation lab are an aggressive stance towards energy conservation, a flexible armature that can easily accommodate shifts in research density and an integrated approach for computationally based research.

Big Pharma and new directions in the life sciences arena

June 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

The life sciences arena has become more fragmented as Big Pharma has become more risk averse, bigger and less agile, and as a more varied group of players have emerged as challengers to Big Pharma’s dominant role. Big Pharma’s size and diminished agility have had two broad impacts.

Point-of-use Vacuum for Biocontainment Labs

June 6, 2014 2:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VACUUBRAND’s BVC Professional G is a safe, convenient fluid aspiration system that isolates cell and tissue culture aspiration from building vacuum systems.

Lab Monitor

June 6, 2014 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Controls’ View is a local interface monitor for critical environments in healthcare and life science facilities. The sleek design is inspired by today’s tablets and tile-based user interfaces, which make View visually appealing and familiar.

Rubber Floor Covering

June 6, 2014 2:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

nora systems Inc. has introduced norament xp, an ultra-durable floor covering for highly impacted and trafficked workspaces. Offering enhanced stain and slip resistance, norament xp is a suitable choice for cGMP facilities. In addition to extreme impact and stain resistance, norament xp offers easy maintenance and reparability for a consistent, clean look.

Table System

June 6, 2014 2:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mott Manufacturing has introduced the Altus Table System. Altus is highly adaptable for changing labs; workstations can be integrated into existing workspaces or located as freestanding, self-supporting moveable workstations. The ergonomic design allows users to quickly adjust the table frame in 1-in increments from 29 in to 36 in to adapt to new tasks, equipment and users.

Ductless Enclosures

June 6, 2014 2:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Labconco’s Paramount ductless enclosures are self-contained workstations that don’t require ducting, making them suitable for modular labs where applications or personnel change. The enclosures are suitable in a lab setting where everything from dealing with noxious fumes to fingerprint powders are used.

Acid Storage Cabinet

June 6, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO Corp.’s Acid Storage Cabinet is specifically designed for the storage of corrosive chemicals and is available in 12-, 18-, 24-, 30-, 36-, 42- and 48-in widths. Standard size is 35-in high and 22-in deep.

Small Animal Treadmills

June 6, 2014 1:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Coulbourn Instruments has introduced a line of high-performance small animal treadmills. These units are suitable for forced exercise training and muscle fatigue studies in rodents in labs. The treadmills feature a high-performance, silent motor, even at high speeds, that reduces stress to subjects and provides smooth operation.

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