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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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.
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.
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.
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 movesFebruary 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.
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.
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.
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?
The Digital Core Laboratory—the first of its kind in the Middle East region—will support ongoing applied research efforts in the area of enhanced oil recovery, particularly in carbonate reservoirs such as Qatar's Al Shaheen oil field, which is one of the most complex in the world.
There's still time to make plans to attend the 2014 Lab Design Conference. With a terrific line-up of speakers and tours of exceptional lab facilities in the Boston area, the conference continues to be a valuable resource for all those involved in lab design/build and operations.
When the Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) embarked on the construction of its 196,000-sf Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility, the priority was to support collaborative teamwork and a “project-first” approach to delivering an on-time, high-quality, high-performance building that met LEED certification goals.
The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica in one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.
Sustainable renovation in energy-intensive lab while improving EH&S: Otto Maass Chemistry Building, McGill Univ.December 5, 2013 1:39 pm | by Pierre-Luc Baril, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments
The Otto Maass Building, built in 1964 and located on the McGill Univ. campus in downtown Montreal, is dedicated to education and research in chemistry. The total gross floor area is 140,000 sf of which 60% are labs. With an average fume hood density of around ten chemical fume hoods per 5,000 sf, this building was, in 2008, the biggest energy user of the campus.
Vacuum is such a common utility for most labs and is an important influence on the achievement of sustainability objectives. Studies indicate that vacuum pumps can represent 15% or more of the plug loads in labs. If you can significantly reduce energy use by vacuum pumps, you can make an important dent in total lab building plug loads.
The big goal for sustainable labs is to consume only as much energy as the lab mission requires. This depends on user behavior and the building response to that behavior. The role of users in energy consumption is gaining recognition. New building automation system (BAS) concepts and user interfaces (UIs) are designed to assist and encourage actions that makes the building work effectively and efficiently.
This presentation summarizes the NZ4 Global Alliance’s Closed-Loop Science Park Prototype design and describe how this can be used for a regional stimulus to create economic, educational and environmental sustainability. The presentation describes a public-private partnership process which is suggested as the most positive way to implement this economic stimulus and continue U.S. advancement in technology.
Celgene’s 115,000-sf Warm Core and Shell Laboratory Tenant Improvement project in San Diego, Calif., had its challenges right from the outset—beginning with the owner implementing a design-bid-build method to maintain control of the design. The design and construction time frame was extremely compressed with 11 weeks from start of design development to the issued for permit set.
With the title “Fume cupboards – Part 7: Fume cupboards for high heat and acidic load” the seventh part of the European series of EN 14175 standards was issued in 2012. The new standard focuses on fume hoods for special applications, including a high heat and/or acidic load. These special applications require additional design, safety, operating and maintenance properties.
This abstract addresses designing high-performance labs with a goal of over 50% energy-usage reduction. The speakers present a case study of the Univ. of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER II), a 43,156-sf research building which allowed CAER to expand its research opportunities in the fields of biomass and biofuels, solar energy and electrochemical power sources (capacitors and batteries).
Like most higher education institutions across the country, lab operations at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) consume approximately four to twelve times more energy compared to a classroom or office environment, providing rich opportunities to save on energy utilities and resources.
Many authors have discussed the savings in reducing lab exhaust fan energy. Variable-volume systems and implementation of night setback may provide significant savings. One limitation that has been cited is the need to maintain a safe level of dispersion from the exhaust stacks, to avoid negative impacts at intakes on or near the lab.
When ventilated cages were introduced, they brought forth the promise of improved animal welfare, better protection for animals and technicians, and, labor savings, by increasing the days between cage changes. Present ventilated cage designs have fulfilled these promises. But, can they further reduce labor and energy use?
Western architects typically bring the full measure of familiar technology to bear on lab design in developing countries. Design of a pharmaceutical quality control lab has its challenges. Placement of that lab in a country with limited resources in a tropical climate presents additional challenges. AECOM met these by incorporating sustainable features into a building in response to environmental and economic factors impacting design.
Energy audits and energy models play a critical role in providing the design team with important insight about how an existing building is operating. Energy audits and models also allow the team to evaluate retrofit feasibility and potential energy-conservation measures (ECMs). However, a lack of audit process standards means that incomplete or inaccurate data is sometimes collected.
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