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Achieving ambitious STEM objectives efficiently and economically

March 25, 2015 9:41 am | by Steven Gifford, AIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Is it possible to design a learning and research center that maximizes efficiency while accelerating interdisciplinary discovery that often happens within informal spaces outside classrooms and labs? Colleges and universities are recognizing the need to provide informal research and learning places in addition to flexible labs and classrooms.

Core facilities respond to changing scientific research needs

March 23, 2015 10:53 am | by Hal Spiers, LEED BD+C, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Adaptability and flexibility are key ingredients to successful lab planning and design. As the...

Immersive learning at Clemson Univ.’s Watt Family Innovation Center

March 18, 2015 11:47 am | by Stacy Robinson, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Senior Associate and Floyd Cline, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

Academic institutions are seeing significant shifts in pedagogy in response to advances in...

Designing labs for multiple generations

March 17, 2015 1:33 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Science is evolving: It’s becoming more translational and multidisciplinary in nature. Just as...

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Reading between the lines: A look at the leap from BSL-2 to BSL-3

February 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Alexander P. Clinton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Perkins+Will, Houston | Articles | Comments

Without substantial experience in Biosafety Level 3 work it can be easily underestimated just how much is involved in designing a BSL-3 facility. Design guidelines such as the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) list BSL-3/ABSL-3 design criteria that may appear as a deceptively simple upgrade to BSL-2; a good bit of reading between the lines is needed.

Seven reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

The 2015 Laboratory Design Conference is open for registration. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussions about current and future trends in lab design is coming to Atlanta, April 27-29th. The countdown to the conference has begun, and here’s a countdown of reasons why you should be there.

Commissioning for the greater building good

February 23, 2015 9:23 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

A buzzword thrown around in lab design is commissioning. But truly how important is this process to meeting end goals? My answer: extremely. Building commissioning is the process of verifying, in new construction, all building subsystems to achieve an owner’s project requirements as intended by the building owner and as designed by the building architects and engineers.

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The core of flexibility

February 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by Ronald Blanchard, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, Associate, Payette | Articles | Comments

Flexibility in research labs has been a universal goal in recent years. Components that contribute to flexibility include lab casework systems and utility connections, zoning specific areas of a building and programming. In many situations, flexibility is solely focused on the solutions possible within the typical lab area vs. a more holistic look at the larger view of the research ecosystem.

Interdisciplinary science in the liberal arts tradition

February 20, 2015 3:21 pm | by Matthew Cotton, AIA, Principal and Sarah Johnson, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman, Boston | Articles | Comments

Many higher education institutions are struggling to meet a broad spectrum of facilities recapitalization needs that return the greatest benefit to the campus. These needs include capital improvements to flexible facilities that support contemporary learning and create an interactive, collaborative experience for the broad and evolving campus community.

Sustainability in labs

February 20, 2015 10:44 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

The typical lab building is an energy hog. These buildings house complex environments heavy on equipment and infrastructure and are regulated by strict code requirements. While the basics of green architecture create a strong backbone for sustainable lab environments, a truly successful green lab strategy strives to contribute to the occupants’ comfort while addressing a need for constant change, heavy energy usage and waste regulations.

New methods for optimizing flexibility in research environments

February 20, 2015 10:24 am | by Randy Kray, AIA, OAA, MAA, HOK | Articles | Comments

How do we design labs for future uses that haven’t been defined? Today’s interdisciplinary approach to scientific research requires synergistic, extremely flexible lab spaces that accommodate the needs of diverse users. To support the growing convergence of scientific disciplines and quickly evolving technologies, organizations must provide flexible research environments that allow for efficient short- and long-term changes.

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, Skanska announce partnership

February 20, 2015 9:47 am | News | Comments

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and Skanska announced a new U.S. partnership. With the partnership, Skanska has committed to aligning the delivery of heavy infrastructure civil projects with efforts to ensure the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the communities where they are built.

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SmithGroupJJR, River Architects selected to design UW-LA Crosse science facility

February 20, 2015 9:44 am | News | Comments

The new $82 million instructional science facility at Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be designed by a collaboration of national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR in association with local partner River Architects. This project will provide a complete replacement of Cowley Hall, the current UW-La Crosse science instruction facility built in 1965.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2015 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 20, 2015 9:16 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

In its 49th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 19th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Leslie Sims joins EYP as science expert

February 19, 2015 5:05 pm | News | Comments

EYP announced Leslie Sims recently joined the firm as a Science Expert, supporting EYP’s nationally recognized higher education, government and corporate sectors. For more than 30 years, she has been a widely acknowledged leader in innovative architecture for science, engineering and technology, and is nationally recognized for the management, planning and design of a wide variety of lab spaces.

Arup chooses Crow to head up healthcare engineering in Houston

February 19, 2015 5:02 pm | News | Comments

Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, announced Carl Crow, PE, ASHRAE HBDP, has joined the firm in its Houston location as an associate principal mechanical engineer with a focus on healthcare and research facilities. Crow will be responsible for leading and growing the healthcare/health science design capabilities in the firm’s Houston office.

Treanor Architects welcomes Patrick Jones to S&T team

February 19, 2015 5:00 pm | News | Comments

Treanor Architects is pleased to announce the hiring of Patrick Jones to the firm’s S&T team. With 15 years of experience in architecture, and a specialized focus on science and lab facilities, Jones adds depth to the firm’s capabilities.

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How to be a great first-time user representative

February 19, 2015 4:57 pm | by J. Erik Mollo-Christensen, AIA, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Inc. | Articles | Comments

Do you have what it takes to provide input for the design of a new building? Good researchers and good user representatives often share similar qualities. User representatives are the primary link between the designers and the functional requirements of a lab project. They provide the expertise the design team needs to shape the general planning parameters.

The green cycle: Sustainable research findings create sustainable research facilities

February 19, 2015 4:31 pm | by Kevin Brettmann, Director, S&T, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

The idea of green and sustainable building isn’t a new one. In fact, the idea of using sustainable materials for building has been around for generations. But until recently, the goal of achieving LEED Platinum certification was retained for buildings that weren’t massively energy dependent.

Liquid-cooled sustainability

February 13, 2015 3:27 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Five years ago, it was revolutionary to put chilled beam heating and cooling in a lab; but now this hydronic form of sustainable HVAC is increasingly common in modern, sustainable lab settings. Chilled beams are operated where pipes of water are passed through a beam, or heat exchanger, either integrated into standard suspended ceiling systems or suspended a short distance from the ceiling of a lab.

Sustaining a lab environment

February 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | 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. Most large academic, government and corporate lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum, and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.

Building energy programming

February 10, 2015 10:26 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Labs use a lot of energy. What else is new? But how that energy is used is key to understanding opportunities for energy reduction. The energy genetics of a lab can vary depending on the program of the building. And energy programming helps firms map the energy DNA of the building in a way that’s specific to the program and climate.

THERMal analysis aids in energy efficiency

February 9, 2015 8:42 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a well-known fact that labs consume four times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. And while ventilation and plug loads account for much of this energy use, proper design and detailing of building envelopes can have a significant impact on the energy demands of lab buildings.

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 leveraging the benefits of collaboration. The term first emerged in the mid-1990s in reference to cancer studies spanning basic science and clinical research. Over the last two decades, the definition of translational research has broadened and evolved through continuous analysis, debate and reinterpretation.

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 research lab?” One viewpoint on this issue is the research lab environment will become more “polarized”. In other words, the generic research lab will become more generic, and the specialized research lab spaces will become more specialized and idiosyncratic.

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 occasionally the timeframe goes beyond tight. Completing a project on an extremely accelerated schedule presents many challenges, all of which can be daunting even to highly experienced teams.

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.

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