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Cool solutions

October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In the ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer market there’s a continued focus on sample protection. As users store priceless samples, they need to have ULT freezers that provide them with quick recovery and uniformity after door openings. However, for most users, the trend is pointing to energy efficiency and cost, as ULT freezers cost as much to operate in a year as an average American household, according to the Univ. of California, Davis.

Designing a LEED Platinum science facility

October 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Rene Rotolo, AVP Campus Planning, Lehman College and Robert Goodwin, Design Director and Principal, Breeze Glazer, Sustainability Leader and Senior Associate and Julio Colon, Project Architect and Senior Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

There’s a common perception that pursuing LEED certification for most building types is...

Mobile design station and teaching wall

October 20, 2014 11:52 am | by Diana D. Glawe, PhD, PE, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

A versatile, robust and mobile design station can be economically constructed by integrating off...

Effective collaboration spaces

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by Elizabeth Gibb, AIA | Articles | Comments

Innovative thinking drives all scientific research. Scientists require spaces that allow them...

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Lab synergistics enhance energy efficiency

October 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Author: Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

Many energy-efficiency strategies are often viewed in isolation, not allowing projects to realize their full potential. When viewed as part of the cooling system, the integration of a high-performance envelope with exterior shading is able to decrease the size of equipment needed.

Optimizing lab design for rapidly evolving science

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, FACHA, Senior Principal and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), based in Bar Harbor, Maine, operates at the forefront of genomic research. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)’s challenge as co-designer of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX GM) in Farmington, Conn., was to ensure that the research environment can respond quickly to shifts in research focus that are necessary to support these advances in personalized medicine.

You need to move in when?

October 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by Cathryn E. Horan, AIA, LEED AP, PhiloWilke Partnership | Articles | Comments

Research labs by their nature are complex. They involve careful and time-consuming consideration throughout planning, design and construction to ensure spaces meet quality and testing requirements, and are flexible enough to meet the demands of various users without enduring the costs of repeated renovations.

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True flexibility furthers science

October 9, 2014 12:07 pm | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Rapid technological advances, scientific leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities. Concurrent with this shift in research and how it’s conducted is a move toward collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Leveraging the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups often leads to extraordinary results.

Liquid labs: Designing for collaboration

October 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Jinhee Lee, AAIA, Carlos Perez-Rubio, LEED AP BD+C, and Ken Mohr, Principal, HERA | Articles | Comments

Interdisciplinary collaboration has become paramount to academic and corporate-based research. Collaboration is likely to occur only in an environment that enables and enhances interaction among researchers. Departing from the traditional lab environment, a “liquid lab” design maximizes the adaptability of a space, the fluidity of the changing research and the researcher’s access to collaborative space.

Structuring success in the science and research market

October 9, 2014 11:26 am | by Derek Johnson, LEED AP, and Bill Harris, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

An emerging trend in delivering science and research buildings is “developer-led, build-to-suit construction” leased back to the corporate or institutional tenant. While offering many attractive features, this delivery model inevitably creates tension around design, schedule, budget and cost allocations between the core/shell (C/S) and tenant improvement (TI) projects.

The science of collaboration

October 8, 2014 4:25 pm | by Mark Kranz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C ,and Adam Denmark, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

Lab design must begin with a clear understanding of the research mission it will support. The underlying philosophy of the institution is a critical element of the lab design brief, informing every decision including the placement of interaction zones that foster innovation.

Milliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Located on Washington Circle, just a few blocks from the White House, this signature new building houses some of the nation’s best known leaders from across the public and private health policy sectors. It provides a critical forum for experts to address today’s most pressing global health challenges.

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Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Headquarters

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

The mission of the JPAC is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war. Yet, these qualities were challenged by the specialized military unit’s dispersed operations, housed in three separate Oahu installations.

Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB), Kensington campus, Univ. of New South Wales, Austrialia

October 8, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Tyree Energy Technologies Building is the new home of energy research at the Univ. of New South Wales (UNSW). This powerhouse has been designed to provide a space where research, education and industry can collaborate in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.

Environmental Hall, The Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham, N.C.

October 6, 2014 4:46 pm | News | Comments

As one of the world’s premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment attempts to understand the Earth, its inhabitants and the environment as an integrated whole by addressing the critical issues of climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation and human and environmental health.

Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

October 6, 2014 4:38 pm | News | Comments

Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Replacing the aging 1950s facility, the new command and control headquarters facility and radiochemistry lab will house approximately 1,000 personnel.

Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Electrical and Computer Engineering Building

October 6, 2014 4:22 pm | News | Comments

The 230,000-gsf facility will make a visual statement about the stature of the ECE Dept. at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a distinct, stately architecture with quality finishes, and memorable views, portraying a professional and innovative image while remaining appropriate to the architectural context of the north engineering quad.

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Scion Laboratory renovation, Rotorua, New Zealand

October 6, 2014 3:19 pm | News | Comments

This project presents an architectural response for a leading research organization that was seeking to enhance their research capability. It involves the renovation of an existing research and analytical testing lab for Scion, a forestry research facility in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Jacobs Consultancy loses Bob Lubalin

October 6, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

Jacobs Consultancy regrets to announce the passing on of Bob Lubalin on July 31, 2014. Lubalin was a giant in the lab planning industry and hugely influential in lab and vivarium planning. Lubalin joined Jacobs Consultancy in April of 1996 when the Lab Planning Practice was known as GPR Planners Collaborative Inc.

How collaboration increases performance and reduces cost

October 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by James Crispino, Francis Cauffmann | Articles | Comments

The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.

Meeting sustainability goals in an energy-charged world

October 6, 2014 11:58 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) kicked off its new building project design on July 10, 2009, with a goal setting session. What resulted was a group of over 200 “stakeholders” in true Madison, Wisc., fashion, who realized their chance to be heard and address their goals for the WEI.

2015 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 1, 2014 9:07 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 49th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

Back to the future: A retrospective look forward at lab planning

September 29, 2014 2:38 pm | by Mark Paskanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Take a look at the picture. Would you believe that this could be the “lab of the future?” This is a picture of Thomas Edison’s lab in Fort Myers, Fla. Built in 1928, the lab contained a chemical processing area, machine shop, grinding room, office area and dark room and was used by Edison, along with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, to find an alternative source for rubber to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign sources.

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 – Analysis, Applications, and Insights is now public and can be downloaded from BC Hydro. The guide aims to overcome obstacles confronting industry with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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 Parflex Div. in Ravenna, Ohio. The Parflex Division designs and manufactures thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories that provides unique solutions for application market segments such as transportation, medical/life sciences, oil and gas, construction and marine.

Solving lab ventilation challenges with fabric HVAC air diffusion

September 10, 2014 11:33 am | by Nick Paschke, DuctSox Corp. | Articles | Comments

Most technicians have worked in a lab space with ventilation challenges. Poor lab ventilation can adversely affect air comfort and respiration for occupants, or affect research results via poor temperature control, uneven airflow and drafts. The main cause of ventilation challenges confronting labs today is the introduction of the HVAC supply air with such excessive velocities that the fume exhaust hood capture process is disrupted.

Wisconsin Energy Institute lab casework design

September 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design? What new lab features help researchers focus on their science goals? They’re generally features and designs that bring resources to researchers without additional expenditure. Functional and flexible casework can also be pleasing to the eye with simple lines, and heavy duty to withstand heavy use.

Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

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