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More than just a pretty face

June 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The developers of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) describe their project as “a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world.” With design by global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot, SAHMRI was the first project completed within the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

A sustainable environment

June 10, 2015 8:45 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

On September 19, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors of its greenest building to...

A window to containment facility design

June 8, 2015 2:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Can a high containment lab have windows? Can the traditional model of a high containment lab be...

Lab of the Year Awards display architectural excellence

June 8, 2015 12:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

In their 49th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in...

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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.

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).

June 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 25, 2014 10:46 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Penn State Univ.'s Eva J. Pell Lab for Advanced Biological Studies, Washington State Univ.'s Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The issue also visits the topics of trends in modern lab design, shaping the scientific workplace of the future and benefits of branding the lab.

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Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 6, 2014 5:01 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

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Merrick & Co. contributes to High Honor winner in LOY Award competition

May 19, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania State Univ.’s Pell Laboratory has been awarded high honors in R&D Magazine’s 48th Annual Laboratory of the Year competition. The competition recognizes excellence in research lab design, planning and construction of new and renovated labs. Merrick & Company performed structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for all phases of design and construction of this project.

Hamilton Scientific recipient for the LOY Award for furnished casework, fume hoods

May 19, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Hamilton Scientific has announced that along with partners, Haldeman-Homme, SmithGroup JJR and J.E. Dunn, they were awarded the coveted 2014 Laboratory of the Year Award by R&D Magazine for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, Colo.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

Eight reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Patrice Galvin | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.                                           

FAQs about images and captions for Lab of the Year entries

January 13, 2014 12:09 pm | by Patrice Galvin, editor | Articles | Comments

Well-done images are an important part of a Lab of the Year entry. In addition to photographs, floorplans, elevations, and before and after shots add to the story. Here some FAQs on how to make the most of the images and captions.

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Lab of the Year entry deadline Jan. 31st

January 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Patrice Galvin | News | Comments

In it's 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to showcase the best in modern lab design, construction and sustainabilty. With only a few weeks left to go, the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design invite entries for lab facilities completed and occupied between August 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013.

2014 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 28, 2013 3:37 pm | Articles | Comments

Entries are now being accepted for the 48th 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, 2014. 

June 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 17, 2013 3:36 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Lab, Harvard University's Sherman Fairchild Renovation, and the D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory. The issue also visits the topic of energy-efficient laboratory lighting solutions.

2013 Laboratory of the Year: Creating collaboration across geographic and scientific borders

June 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.

2013 Laboratory of the Year High Honors: Sustainable building reflects the science within

June 6, 2013 11:12 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.

2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Building a program, not just a lab

June 6, 2013 10:52 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The District of Columbia Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) merges the forensic-based activities of agencies that traditionally work together but operate independently. The LEED Platinum, 351,000 gsf, $145 million building totals six stories above grade and two below.

2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Daylighting and design rescue noted biochemistry building

June 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

At the time of its completion in 1981, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild biochemistry building was considered groundbreaking. The original building, also designed by Payette, was renovated to house the newly formed Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. The 105,401 sf renovation was designated as Lab of the Year: Special Mention for a thoughtful, respectful design that raised the bar on what a sustainable laboratory can be.

Laboratory of the Year Awards Announced

February 27, 2013 7:58 pm | News | Comments

In its 47th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction.  Judging for this year’s competition was conducted by a Blue Ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, and researchers.This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

3 Reasons to Not Miss the Lab Design Conference

February 26, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

Why haven’t you signed up for the Lab Design Conference yet? Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, lab design/planning/building event. This year's Lab Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 in Houston. NOTE: The discounted room block ends on March 15th. Book your hotel reservation before this deadline to save!

Lab of the Year Entries Closed for 2013

February 12, 2013 4:07 pm | by Patrice Galvin, Laboratory Design News | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory of the Year  and winners of special categories will be announced in an upcoming issue of Laboratory Design Connection (e-newsletter). Profiles of the labs will be featured in the June issue of Laboratory Design.

Laboratory of the Year competition now open for entries

November 6, 2012 12:28 pm | by Julie Higginbotham, Laboratory Design News | Articles | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine are now accepting entries to the 47th international Laboratory of the Year competition. The annual competition recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is Lab of the Year 2012

March 1, 2012 3:48 am | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a 330,000-ft 2 facility on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named 2012's Laboratory of the Year.

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