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AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

September 15, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

Building envelope thermal bridging guide

September 15, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Morrison Hershfield has announced that the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide –...

Parker celebrates opening of new innovation center

September 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corp. announced the formal opening of its Polymer Innovation Center at the...

August 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

August 26, 2014 9:40 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features our annual construction...

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3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

August 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.

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Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

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 future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Articles | Comments

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.

Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab Casework/Fume Hood

August 8, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Drawer Handle Covers

August 8, 2014 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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Chilled Beam Control Valve

August 8, 2014 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Cleanroom Diaphragm Valve

August 8, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Adaptable Fume Hood

August 8, 2014 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Mixed-flow Lab Exhaust Fan

August 8, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

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 Science Building, Bronx, N.Y.

August 8, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

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.

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J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

August 8, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

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.

A researcher’s lab

August 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

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 instructional videos available

August 8, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

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.

Architecture Billings Index mired in slowdown

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

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.

Handheld Gas Monitor

August 8, 2014 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Compact Biosafety System

August 7, 2014 2:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Stainless Steel Radioisotope Fume Hoods

August 7, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Ultra-low-temperature Freezer

August 7, 2014 1:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Lab Vacuum Oven

August 7, 2014 1:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Trace Metal Fume Hoods

August 7, 2014 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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 Gerrish School of Business and The Judge Science Center, Endicott College

August 7, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

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.

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