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Workspace trends in renovation design

April 30, 2015 9:17 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The landscape of lab design is rapidly changing, and labs themselves have changed drastically over the past few years. For instance, laptops and large monitors that facilitate spontaneous meetings and discussions are now in most labs. With the onset of lab design, before computers, the focus was on benches, fume hoods and workstations. But the way researchers work in labs has changed with the advent of the computer.

Small, fast and successful: A case for lab renovation

March 12, 2015 9:37 am | by Barbara A. Carpenter, Associate Principal, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates | Articles | Comments

For so many clients, building new ground-up lab space isn’t an option. From an economic...

The three “Cs” of overcoming accelerated project timelines

January 13, 2015 10:36 am | by David Bendet, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Andrew Russell, LEED AP, Technical Designer, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

It’s not unusual for architects and developers to be faced with tight time constraints, but...

Adapting to platinum: A case study of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Earth Sciences Building

December 8, 2014 10:55 am | by Stan Lew, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, RMW Architecture & Interiors and Richard Stanton, AIA, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

With limited campus space and funds, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory frequently repurposes...

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Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) Muir College Biology Labs renovation

December 5, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

RBB provided programming planning, design and construction services for the interior renovation within the existing Biology Building at Muir College, built in 1967. The building is a wet-lab research building supporting the Div. of Biological Sciences research. The third floor labs exclusively support biology functions, and were in need of renovation.

A face lift for aeronautics and technology facility

December 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Wilk, Wilk Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

The leadership, faculty and students of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and the project team of Ensign Engineering, Stalco Construction and John Ciardullo Associates celebrated the completion of a multi-phase expansion, renovation and sound abatement project at the College’s main campus in Flushing, N.Y.

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.


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.

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).

Real-time monitoring of vibration

September 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President, Acentech Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building involves activities that generate a considerable amount of vibration. Although this is a necessary by-product of the construction process, the ensuing vibrations can have a negative impact on neighboring facilities, particularly those that house vibration-sensitive equipment and activities.

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.

Know any interesting labs in Atlanta?

May 5, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference features tours of key local labs of various types. Tours will take place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015. If you have recommendations of Atlanta are labs that we should tour, please contact Lindsay Hock.


New York Genome Center

April 21, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

Founded in August 2011, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) is a consortium of New York’s leading academic medical centers and research universities. Their mission is to leverage their collective resources to speed the development of promising research. NYGC will enable scientists and physicians to share vast amounts of diverse clinical and genomic data to identify and validate biomarkers and speed the development of treatments.

R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.

New forensic lab to double space for scientists

March 1, 2014 5:29 pm | News | Comments

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.                

Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment moves

February 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.

Univ. of Tenn. converting dorm to science and lab space

January 20, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

The two-year, $114 million project marks the first big step in addressing the university’s need for general class and lab space. The new nine-story, 268,000-sf building will be home to the anthropology and earth and planetary sciences departments and also provide critical instruction and lab space for the general biology and chemistry departments.


Cofactor Genomics opens $3.8m HQ-lab in St. Louis

January 17, 2014 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

The renovated 10,000-sf facility will house the company's headquarters, sequencing labs and data analysis offices. Cofactor Genomics is a Contract Research Organization that was founded in St. Louis in 2008 to provide beginning-to-end DNA sequencing, analysis and experimental design solutions to both private and public clients.

MIT to construct nano lab

December 16, 2013 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The construction of nMaSS will bring together research and equipment related to nanotechnology and materials that are currently spread across several different areas of campus. The new building will also include cleanroom space and other amenities to accommodate new, more sensitive research equipment.

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.

October 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

October 24, 2013 8:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on universal grid design. Other features include an in-depth look at the state of lab design, task lighting for labs, adaptive reuse, fume hood selection for energy-efficient labs and more.

Modern lab design's slow resurgence, sustainable edge

October 15, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research labs are no exception. To gain insight into how the current economy has influenced or re-focused lab design projects, Laboratory Design sent out a survey to AEC firms asking for perspectives on current and near-future trends.

Adaptive reuse converts warehouse into drug-testing lab

October 15, 2013 4:01 pm | by Ed Houk, AIA, Hart Freeland Roberts | Articles | Comments

Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph Sports Testing Laboratory represents one of the nation’s most technologically advanced drug-testing facilities. The forensic lab, support spaces and corporate offices were created through adaptive reuse of an existing 63,000-sf office/warehouse facility.

Stonhard flooring selected for surgical products center

August 19, 2013 2:58 pm | News | Comments

When Fusion Solutions purchased their facility, there was a lot of work to be done. The structure they had purchased was an old HVAC fabricator facility featuring a concrete floor contaminated with grease and oil, and complete with cracks and divots.

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.

Verinata Health Corporate Headquarters, Redwood City, Calif. (adaptive reuse)

April 16, 2013 3:22 pm | News | Comments

Verinata Health Inc. is a privately held company that develops non-invasive tests for early identification of fetal chromosome abnormalities. The start-up company developed their testing technologies operating out of an existing laboratory space. Rapid growth led to gearing up from an existing R&D facility to one that also supported a process laboratory capable of handling up to 500 samples/day.

University of Pittsburgh, Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, 12th Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. (renovation)

April 16, 2013 3:14 pm | News | Comments

The Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower (BST), a biomedical research facility providing nine floors of dedicated laboratory space, is located in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh campus. Constructed in 1989, this 20-year-old facility suffered from aging infrastructure, deteriorating interior construction, and an outmoded layout of cloistered laboratories.

Renovate vs. new? Count down your options

February 11, 2013 10:39 am | by Andy Vazzano, FAIA | Articles | Comments

The inherent limitations of existing facilities—safety, energy performance, floorplate and height constraints, and so on—can make renovation an extensive and expensive undertaking. Let's explore a "Top 10" approach to analyzing the "renovation vs. new construction" dilemma.

UMass renovation meets changing research needs

February 11, 2013 10:26 am | by Lisa Reindorf, AIA, LEED AP, and Mitchell Goldman, RA | Articles | Comments

In December 2012, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst celebrated the opening of renovated research laboratories in the 16-story Lederle Graduate Research Center. New laboratories, offices, and classrooms will support the department of chemistry and the department of biochemistry and molecular biology.

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