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.
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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 buildingJune 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 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.
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.
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.
Wake Forest Biotech Place, a Wexford Science & Technology property in Winston-Salem, N.C., has received a Gold Award in the 2012 Reconstruction Awards competition, administered by Building Design + Construction magazine. The 252,000-ft2 project consists of about 80% Class A laboratory space, plus related offices, common facilities, and a business incubator.
A new report by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) says Congress and the White House must agree on a federal budget by Jan. 2, or massive mandatory spending cuts will kick in, potentially wreaking havoc on the building industry.
Renovation and addition project for ELANTAS PDG Inc. includes the complete gutting and remodeling of a two-story, 32,000-ft2 building, constructed in the 1930s, into administrative, engineering, and research space. A 4,000-ft2 addition will house mechanical systems.
There is a time-honored process for the creation of a new building or renovation of an existing one. However, over the past decade, new factors have emerged that influence the design process. Alternative techniques have been developed in response, to ensure an effective result.
Newly introduced bipartisan legislation could create thousands of American jobs in construction and manufacturing by encouraging energy-efficient retrofits of commercial and multifamily residential buildings.
In tough economic times, construction projects often are early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research laboratories were no exception. Many laboratory construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, a majority of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms surveyed by R&D Magazine say the laboratory construction business is picking up again.
The 150,000 ft 2 building has been home to the arts and sciences department since it opened in the 1960s. The entire building is being reconfigured to better accommodate the latest pedagogies and to improve interaction between students, faculty, and departments.
Renovation holds vastly more promise for reducing negative effects on global climate change stemming from buildings, according to a new White Paper study by Building Design + Construction magazine.
The Pennsylvania State University will renovate its Mueller and Whitmore Laboratories, which serve more than 15,000 students annually and provide primary laboratory facilities for the university's biology and chemistry departments. Renovations will address issues of space, safety, and technology.
Laboratory and corporate headquarters building is home to 240 staff members for a nonprofit research organization in the South Lake Union Neighborhood. Renovation of an existing LEED Certified laboratory facility aligned the building with the culture and work style of ISB while maintaining infrastructure, walls, and materials as much as possible, including reusing laboratory stations and casework in many instances.
Renovation of teaching/research laboratories more than doubled existing laboratory space, serving off-campus students who must have a home base for required laboratory portions of classes, as well as faculty researchers. Fume hood diversity and a modern DDC and sensing system were implemented to allow double the number of fume hoods without replacing the supply air handling.
Phase 1 of upgrades to the materials science and fuel-testing laboratories at Brookhaven National Laboratory included facilities in the Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department (Building 480) and the Global and Regional Solutions Directorate's Applied Physical and Chemical Sciences building (Building 815).
Design/build project created a state-of-the-art blood- and tissue-sample testing lab as a renovation.
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.
New construction gets lots of buzz, but the big story in green buildings may be "retro-commissioning" analysis and rehab of existing facilities for improved sustainability.
In February, President Barack Obama proposed the Better Buildings Initiative: an effort to get commercial buildings to cut energy usage.
The FY2012 budget submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama in February includes a proposed $84.6 million in funding for construction and repairs of research facilities operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
How does a research facility or biotech company with older laboratories update existing facilities to current energy conservation standards? When building a new facility, it is fairly straightforward to assess and incorporate green strategies, but the goal for most institutions today is updating existing structures.
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