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.
The editors of R&D Magazine are now accepting entries to the 47th international...
Kansas Bioscience Park, Venture Accelerator, Olathe. $11.1 million, 38,750-ft 2 facility (two...
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., Frick Chemistry Laboratory. $278 million, 268,200-ft 2...
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.
This 330,000-ft 2 , $175.3-million facility, focused on biology, information technology, and engineering, includes an underground research floor, three research floors, a ground-level "Town Center," an auxiliary service building, and a mechanical penthouse. Its unusual and effective building organization, strong sense of public outreach, and high degree of flexibility and social engineering led judges to honor the project as Laboratory of the Year 2012.
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.
The Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator, Olathe, has received High Honors in the 2012 Laboratory of the Year competition.
The Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., has received High Honors in the 2012 Laboratory of the Year competition.
The University of California-Riverside School of Medicine Research Building has received a Special Mention in the 2012 Laboratory of the Year competition.
Univ. of Southern California, The Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Los Angeles. Five stories plus a basement; 91,485 ft 2 ; $65 million. The building was funded in part by a generous $30 million donation from Eli and Edythe Broad, philanthropists well known for their commitment to art, education, science, and civic development. This LEED Gold project received a High Honors award in the 2011 Lab of the Year competition for its exemplary combination of architectural quality and laboratory design, incorporating cutting-edge engineering features such as chilled beams and an energy-efficient, double-skinned façade.
Univ. of California-Davis, Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory (WBF). 32,334 ft 2 research and teaching facility integrating wine making, brewing and food processing applications and public outreach. $17.2 million. This project received a High Honors award in the 2011 Lab of the Year competition for its overall excellent quality in creating an environment that meets client objectives, reflects the agricultural aesthetics of its mission, and serves as an example in sustainable design, including net-zero water use and LEED Platinum certification.
UConn project successfully uses daylighting and flexible space planning to create a cell and genome sciences lab from an outdated facility, winning Renovated Lab of the Year 2011.
Intelligent campus planning, high laboratory quality, exemplary level of sustainability, aesthetic sensitivity to the cultural context, excellent team coordination and speed of execution wins KAUST the title of Lab of the Year: New Construction for 2011.
The King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology campus, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has been named Laboratory of the Year (new construction category) for 2011. This LEED Platinum project consists of 5.5 million ft 2 of facilities on 100 acres and was planned and engineered by HOK (New York/Houston), with Oger International, Paris, as the architect of record.
Judges have chosen the Univ. of Connecticut Health Center’s Cell and Genome Sciences Building, Farmington, as 2011 Lab of the Year (renovated). The project changed a 1970s industrial research facility into a state-of-the-art cell and genome lab, connected to natural light and the surrounding landscape.
The Univ. of California-Davis Teaching and Research Winery and August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory has received High Honors in the 2011 Laboratory of the Year Competition. Part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the facility houses advanced research and teaching programs and supports industry applications and public outreach.
High Honors in the 2011 Laboratory of the Year competition have been awarded to the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, at the Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles. The 91,485-ft2building provides a home for stem cell research and regenerative medicine in a collaborative environment, ad creates a hub on the Health Sciences Campus for research.
Project, which recently received an honorable mention in the 2010 R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year Competition, added eight stories to an existing 12-story research tower in the Texas Medical Center. Vertical expansion adds eight stories to 12-floor building and uses complex air quality system to optimize HVAC capacity.
Reliance Industries Ltd., Catalyst & Material Reliance Technology Centre, Gujarat, India. Renovation of 8,826 ft 2 of a 15,069 ft 2 building on an industrial campus. $900,000. This project received a Special Mention citation in the 2009 Lab of the Year competition for its use of modern lab-planning principles in a way that was economical, sustainable and appropriate for both the science performed and the cultural context.
Harvard Univ., Northwest Science Building, Cambridge, Mass. 530,000 ft 2 multidisciplinary research facility. Budget n.a..This project was named High Honors winner in the 2009 Lab of the Year competition for overall excellence in design.
Columbia Univ., Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Campus, Palisades, N.Y. 69,300 ft 2 environmental sciences research facility. $34.2 million. This project was named 2009 Lab of the Year for overall excellence in design.
Carleton Univ., Steacie SuperLab, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Renovation of 14,500 ft 2 lab in a larger 1960s-era facility, Steacie Hall. $4.65 million (Canadian). This project received a Special Mention citation in the 2009 Lab of the Year competition for its forward-thinking transformation of a crucial teaching lab.