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FIU announces new Brewing Science Lab

April 8, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Florida International Univ.’s Chaplin School celebrated the unveiling of the Brewing Science Laboratory at an introduction event on April 3, 2014. The new lab will enhance the School’s existing Brewing Science Program and provide the necessary facilities to position the School as a worldwide leader for education and applied research in this industry.

NIH opens new research facility

April 7, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health held a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31...

SmithGroupJJR names Tim Tracey as director of Chicago office

April 7, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR has named Tim Tracey, AIA, as director of its Chicago office. He was previously...

The next generation of integrated research facilities

March 31, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael J. Reagan RA, AIA, NCARB and David R. Linamen PE, CEM, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct...

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R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last five years has marked an increase in the level of scrutiny applied to projects to assure maximum ROI. The early design process demands greater economic analysis of lifecycle costs to reduce operating and energy costs and optimize environmental performance.

R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.

Designing labs for lean operation

March 31, 2014 12:36 pm | by Tanya Scharton-Kersten and Tom Reynolds | Articles | Comments

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.

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The increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes

March 31, 2014 11:51 am | by Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP and Charles Klee, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

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.

Remaining nimble in a competitive research market: Strategies for a cost-effective project

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and Jon Romig | Articles | Comments

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.

ESD control flooring in the lab

March 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Erik S. Van Anglen | Articles | Comments

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.

Univ. of Florida Clinical Translational Building, Gainesville, Fla.

March 31, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

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.

Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

March 17, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

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.

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How Lab Space is Changing

March 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Bill Harris, Principal, Regional Practice Leader for Science and Technology, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

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.

NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

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.

R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

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.

Time is running out to register for the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

March 13, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

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.

New forensic lab to double space for scientists

March 1, 2014 5:29 pm | News | Comments

The $40 million project will add to and renovate the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Western Laboratory, as well as the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, housed in the same building.                

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R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

Eight reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Patrice Galvin | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.                                           

Rafael Viñoly designs science building for Univ. of Buenos Aires

February 17, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

The innovative building design responds to the site with an interior ellipse and infinity-shaped courtyards that were purposely carved out of the central atrium to protect the native trees that predate the development of the site. Designed to be highly sustainable, the building's heat gain is prevented by a high performance glass facade that is covered with a system of metal fins, which deflect sunrays away from the building.

Using Solar Energy to Heat and Cool Laboratory Building Envelopes

February 14, 2014 3:31 pm | Events

Lab buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar technology is one of the viable solutions to save energy and money in these high-tech buildings. In the past several years technologies have been developed that use the building envelope (the space between the interior walls and exterior walls) to provide weather protection; intercept solar energy; and generate useful heat and reduce the cooling load on the building.

Aerospace testing lab opens in France

February 13, 2014 5:35 pm | News | Comments

Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has opened a new flagship lab in Aerospace Cluster in Toulouse, France. The 1,650-m2 expansion delivers a 25% increase in testing capacity with an additional eight fatigue testing frames and an increase in scanning electron microscope capability.

Remaking the engineering building: Repositioning strategies for success

February 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA and Christopher P. Vanneste | Articles | Comments

Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions are talking today about how they are “repositioning” their engineering facilities. The approach— sometimes part of an overhaul extending into various departments—is seen as a way to remake existing, purpose- built centers to better serve today’s research activities and student-centered academics.

New book chapter focuses on balancing competing demands in modern teaching labs

February 11, 2014 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Three Stantec designers who specialize in education facilities have authored a chapter in a new book about designing teaching laboratories. Published by the American Chemical Society, Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory" highlights projects, best practices, and considerations for academic institutions embarking on a lab construction or renovation project.

Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment moves

February 10, 2014 11:54 am | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

My thesis project in architecture school was a lab building with high-tech glass and metal façades, artfully composed pipes and ventilation stacks, vibrant colors and natural light cascading through the lab and social spaces. We were taught to design human-scaled, livable spaces for people. Little did I know that as I progressed in my career I would be increasingly designing labs for refrigerators, analytical equipment and robots.

Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.

February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments

Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.

BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.

Lab vacuum and sustainable design: Issues and opportunities

February 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter Coffey, Vacuubrand | Articles | Comments

The United Nations defines sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When applied to lab planning and construction, sustainability includes: the efficient use of energy; the careful use of water using only what’s needed; adaptability to future needs and reducing pollution.

Where all labs are created equal: Science lab design standards create consistency

February 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Burcin Moehring and Douglas Ogurek | Articles | Comments

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) stands among the largest community college systems in the U.S. Each year, its seven campuses combine to serve over 120,000 students. Construction is constant. Different projects. Different architects. With such a high level of building activity, how can the district maintain equity at its campuses?

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