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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 –...

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...

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...

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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.

JM Coull completes multiple lab renovations at Northeastern Univ.

September 2, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

JM Coull recently completed renovations to six labs in the Egan Research Center at Northeastern Univ. The project marks JMC’s latest project at the university, where the company has been working for more than 10 years. The project scope called for complete gut renovations of Labs 157, 160, 216, 230, 231 and 464.

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2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

August 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.

Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.

The future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Articles | Comments

The mandate of flexible, interdisciplinary teaching and learning spaces is becoming a common provision in the design of today’s academic science buildings. Designers must interpret an institution’s need for flexibility beyond a basic lab planning or classroom module. A strong understanding of adaptable design can help facilitate a model of interdisciplinary study that extends beyond campus boundaries.

Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many projects start with high hopes by all parties involved, just to find that once the building is completed, it fails to meet performance expectations and is harder to operate than envisioned. This is frustrating for most team players, but none more than the owner. This article focuses on the concept of soft landing and how it can help the successful transition operation of a building.

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A researcher’s lab

August 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade ago that facilities have grown and evolved to accommodate researcher’s needs when planning lab space. As labs are very equipment- and infrastructure-intensive, placing them in the core of a building sometimes seems logical as they may have shorter duct and utility runs, light sensitivity and provide efficient circulation for material and waste.

Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., stands as a symbol of progress in the complex world of energy use and production.

Rutgers breaks ground for new sustainable design building

August 5, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Rutgers recently broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building. Designed by Flad Architects, the building features flexible labs, modern instructional space and a layout that embraces the informal interaction and collaboration needs of a scientific community.

SmithGroupJJR reaches 100 LEED certified projects

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR, a long-time leader of sustainable design, has reached the 100 LEED project milestone. The firm recently achieved its 100th LEED-certified project: the LEED-NC Platinum Oakland Univ. Human Health Building, constructed in Rochester, Mich.

CDC director admits safety problems at germ labs

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health labs that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu. Testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had long thought of the lapses as unrelated accidents.

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FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | Videos | Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's FLEXLAB at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy-efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions.

NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 22, 2014 7:50 am | by Mark Bello, NIST | Videos | Comments

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As the newest alternative energy research center, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is earning accolades for sustainability and energy conservation. The five-story 104,000-sf research center at Univ. of Wisconsin has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and top honors in commercial design locally.

BSL3 Facilities: Design, Construction and Beyond

June 24, 2014 4:26 pm | Events

If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. You should attend this course if you are a design engineer, facility manager, architect, commission agent, or anyone that is involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL-3 lab.

Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

June 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The co-founders of Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinout KGS Buildings have a saying: “All buildings are broken.” Energy wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.

SOM’s design for UCLA recognized at LA Architectural Awards

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The SOM-designed Univ. of Los Angeles (UCLA) Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences was the winner of the Under Construction Category.

Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion receives LA Architectural Award

June 16, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles Business Council recently honored HOK’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards luncheon. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was selected as a winner in the Healthcare category.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

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