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Architecture Billings Index rebounds to end 2014 on solid footing

January 21, 2015 12:32 pm | News | Comments

There were 10 out of 12 months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

How do you define translational research?

January 15, 2015 11:41 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Translational research is a paradigm for research designed to enable innovative thinking by...

The polarization of the research environment

January 14, 2015 2:16 pm | by Jeffrey R. Zynda, Assoc. AIA, Science Practice Leader & Associate Principal, Payette | Articles | Comments

One of the perennial questions in the lab design conversation is “what’s the future of the...

The three “Cs” of overcoming accelerated project timelines

January 13, 2015 10:36 am | by David Bendet, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Andrew Russell, LEED AP, Technical Designer, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

It’s not unusual for architects and developers to be faced with tight time constraints, but...

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The dichotomy of designing for science

January 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C), Associate and the Sustainability Practice Leader, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

Lab design has experienced a surge of high design in recent years. As a parallel, the perception of “mad scientists” reclusively tinkering in hidden lairs has shifted. Today, the expanding climate of scientific discovery demands researchers collaborate and engage more with society and nature.

Considerations for vivarium wall finishes

January 13, 2015 9:22 am | by V. James Lemken BS, MBA | Articles | Comments

Specifications for wall options in vivarium use are driven by several factors. Foremost, understanding the use and intent of the space is critical to achieving the design goals. Many criteria drive the choices of wall finishes, but comprehensive understanding of the options available is essential to a successful project.

Steps toward sustainable high-containment labs

January 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Jeff Serle, SVP and GM Germfree Laboratories Inc., Ormond Beach, Fla. | Articles | Comments

With the recent news about Ebola, MERS, extremely drug-resistant TB and other emerging and re-emerging diseases, the world-wide need for high-containment laboratories is at an all-time high. These laboratories are highly complex buildings that serve as a barrier between the dangerous pathogens handled in the laboratory and the surrounding environment.

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How heat pumps, filtered fume hoods can help achieve ZNE

January 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Jacob Knowles, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A Consulting Engineers and James Moses, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sasaki Associates | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center for Bristol Community College, Fall River, Mass., brings together disparate programs—chemistry, biology, medical and dental education—holding energy-dense uses, including 18 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

How to choose a lab programming/design consultant

December 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by Erik Mollo-Christensen, AIA, Principal | Articles | Comments

Most architects who design labs have considerable experience and knowledge, but some projects have special needs or functions, or require that a program be fully defined before an architect is engaged. There are also an increasing number of projects for which an organization wants a “signature” architect for the sake of marketability and institutional recognition, but these well-known architects aren’t necessarily experienced in lab design.

Designing for the next generation of scientists

December 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Irene Monis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

There has been much speculation about what the academic scientific workplace of the future will look like. As young scientists enter the post-doctoral and faculty ranks and recent college graduates enter graduate school, architects and lab planners will need to re-think the way we design research environments so these facilities will best serve the next generation of scientists.

Can sustainable lab design go mainstream?

December 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and George Karidis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

With 48% of the world’s energy consumed by buildings, and labs near the top of the consumption range by building type, these power-intensive facilities are now viewed with much more scrutiny. Consider an average office building runs on 3 W/sf and 100 kBtu/sf/yr, whereas a lab can use 15 W/sf and 300 to 500 kBtu/sf/yr—five times that of other buildings.

Pushing energy-efficient lab design

December 8, 2014 3:38 pm | by Josh Yacknowitz, PE, LEED AP, Arup | Articles | Comments

Throughout the past 15 years, an emphasis on energy-efficient lab operations has become a major influence in lab design. This fact is driven by a number of forces, from practical considerations surrounding operational costs, to policy issues related to sustainable development and carbon reduction.

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10 strategies for sustainable lab design

December 8, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jacob Knowles, LEED AP BD+C, BR+A Consulting Engineers and Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

Sustainable design has grown in prominence in recent years as most projects aspire to some level of environmentally conscious design. Research institutions now recognize the significant environmental impacts of their lab facilities, and owners are willing to think creatively to reduce resource utilization, improve interior environments and save capital costs.

Flexible design: From startups to big pharma

December 8, 2014 3:01 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Svigals + Partners | Articles | Comments

Trend watchers note flexibility has become the new buzzword for research-bay design. At the same time, there’s a great deal of confusion as to what flexibility means. Among some client groups, the term mistakenly refers to lab space that can be setup within a commercial office building lacking the infrastructure typically needed for vent hoods, cleanrooms and the like.

Abstracts highlight lab sustainability conference

December 8, 2014 2:25 pm | by Phil Wirdzek, President, Executive Direction, I2SL | Articles | Comments

The 2014 I2SL Annual Conference was the 16th consecutive lab sustainability conference for high-tech facility engineers, architects, planners, developers, operators and owners. Formerly known as the Labs21 Annual Conference, the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference showcased the significant accomplishments and experiences of the high-tech facility industry by offering a variety of parallel technical tracks and symposia.

Applying an intelligent high-efficiency energy- recovery system

December 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by Sean T. Convery, PE, Mechanical Principal, Cator, Ruma & Associates | Articles | Comments

The recently designed Univ. of Colorado Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC) implemented a Konvekta intelligent high-efficiency heat-recovery system with MeeFog direct evaporative cooling. Labs typically implement one of four systems including run-around loops, energy-recovery wheels, refrigerant heat pipes or plate heat exchangers.

Your toolkit for good lab exhaust design

December 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by Mark Hallman, LEED AP, Senior Project Engineer, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret lab facilities carry the burden of a large energy demand. Reasons for this high demand include the significant plug loads of specialized lab equipment, the high ventilation air change rates often implemented in lab spaces and the large volumes of hazardous exhaust air that must be moved out of the building.

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Significance of operational and climatic parameters in lab HVAC system selection

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Shreshth Nagpal, Associate and Jagan Pillai, Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten | Articles | Comments

Labs are far more energy intensive than typical commercial buildings, but not all labs consume energy for the same reasons. Most available design guidance for labs provides a list of energy-efficiency strategies that include reducing design air change rates, decoupling cooling and ventilation systems and employing variable-air-volume fume hoods.

Energy optimization and reuse through systems integration

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Robert Thompson, PE, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR and Otto Van Geet, PE, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Articles | Comments

Nearly 40% of the total U.S. energy consumption in 2012 was consumed by residential and commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While each building is a consumer of energy, they also contain energy resources that are under-utilized or not even considered as energy resources.

A zero-net-energy teaching lab

December 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC and James Moses, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sasaki Associates | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center (NTLC) for Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, Mass., brings together currently disparate programs from across campus, including chemistry, biology and medical and dental education. It holds an energy-dense program, including 22 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

Walking the walk: Engaging environmental health labs to establish a model for sustainability

December 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jennifer Krenz, MS MPH, Univ. of Washington | Articles | Comments

Univ. of Washington’s Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) has 20 labs used for research, education and analytical services. Activities not only focus on environmental and workplace factors that affect health, but practices within. DEOHS labs haven’t been assessed for their impacts on health and sustainability. DEOHS has the capability and responsibility to provide leadership and serve as an exemplary model.

Lab sustainability: In what ways do voluntary green lab programs make an institutional impact?

December 8, 2014 12:12 pm | by Kelly O’Day Weisinger, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Emory Univ. | Articles | Comments

In 2013, Emory Univ. pulled together a multidisciplinary team of individuals from the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Office of Procurement, Campus Services and research labs to develop the university’s first Green Lab Program. In early 2014, the team kicked off the program to a small pilot group to test the initiatives and provide essential feedback.

Modifying energy auditors’ behavior to align with facility owner’s needs

December 8, 2014 12:07 pm | by Tabitha L. Sprau Coulter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Alfred State SUNY College of Technology | Articles | Comments

When making the decision to invest in a building retrofit, an energy audit is performed to collect information about the facility’s existing systems, geometry, use type and energy consumption. Through performing an energy audit, the facility owner and those individuals analyzing the building are able to sense how the building systems are performing, while identifying potential retrofit upgrades.

BIM offers university tools and capabilities that support their O&Ms and facilities management

December 8, 2014 11:58 am | by Matt Meyer, Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how BIM, created for a university research lab facility, can be successfully leveraged by an owner beyond initial building construction. Through the example of the new Univ. of Colorado at Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, we will illustrate how the university and facilities management staff played an integral part of the construction BIM coordination process.

The importance of BIM and efficient lab systems at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower

December 8, 2014 11:50 am | by John McMichael, Interface Engineering and Wade Snyder, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

School is truly back in at Oregon Health & Science Univ. (OHSU)’s recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building. The building, along with Skourtes Tower, is the result of a joint venture between Portland State Univ., Oregon State Univ. and Oregon Health & Science Univ., and is designed to foster collaboration among students and instructors from the multiple institutions.

Multidisciplinary research building adapts energy conservation, flexibility to meet specific user needs

December 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Tyler Dykes, PE, CDT, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc. | Articles | Comments

The Univ. of Florida (UF) Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona is a four-story, 100,000-sf research and conference center with academic classrooms for graduate-level pharmacy courses, research labs with bioinformatics and specialized lab functions, a call center for clinical research programs associated with the Institute on Aging and administrative office facilities.

Agensys: A happy marriage between energy-efficient design, space flexibility and budget

December 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Don E. Holden, Associate, CPM, Clark, Richardson & Biskup (CRB) Consulting Engineers | Articles | Comments

The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different client sites throughout the city of Santa Monica, Calif., into one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs and support spaces, a GMP manufacturing and pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.

Adapting to platinum: A case study of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Earth Sciences Building

December 8, 2014 10:55 am | by Stan Lew, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, RMW Architecture & Interiors and Richard Stanton, AIA, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

With limited campus space and funds, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory frequently repurposes existing facilities. When Building 74 was slated for seismic retrofitting, it was an opportunity to upgrade the 50-year-old lab and office building to meet modern needs and reconfigure a facility that suffered from a lack of common space and clear circulation.

Chemistry labs: How the new math changes everything

December 5, 2014 4:50 pm | by Greg Muth, Senior Lab Planner, Wilson Architects and Betsy Blunt, Senior Lab Planner, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | Articles | Comments

We took the opportunity to look at a pair of lab projects for the Univ. Massachusetts Amherst (UMA)—the Life Science Laboratories (LSL) and the Physical Sciences Building (PSB)—and looked at how the approach to ventilation varies by lab type and how the changes in current standards impacted the design to give a sense of where we are headed in the design of chemistry labs and, in particular, fume hoods.

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