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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 existing facilities. When Building 74 was slated for seismic retrofitting, it was an opportunity to upgrade the 50-year-old lab and office building to meet modern needs and reconfigure a facility that suffered from a lack of common space and clear circulation.

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...

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...

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...

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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).

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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Benefits of branding the lab

June 6, 2014 2:58 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Labs aren’t just research platforms. They’re also workplaces for principal investigators (PIs), researchers, technicians, support staff and others who spend long hours and often weekends in these buildings and spaces. How their work environment looks, feels and functions is critical to the performance of the scientific organization.

How construction of MIT’s newest building will affect the campus

May 19, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

When completed, the new MIT.nano building will be used by a significant fraction of the Institute’s faculty, students and postdoctoral researcher for nanoscale research and imaging. But over the next 4 1/2 years, MIT.nano’s central location—replacing the current Building 12—will mean that construction will create disruptions, noise and inconvenience for some members of the MIT community.

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.

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Submit your new lab projects to Lab Design

March 3, 2014 10:08 pm | News | Comments

Laboratory Design Newsletter features new lab construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects in each issue and also online. The new projects section of the website hosts a large variety of lab builds in academic, medical, private, commercial, and government labs. 

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.                

Remaking the engineering building: Repositioning strategies for success

February 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA and Christopher P. Vanneste | Articles | Comments

Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions are talking today about how they are “repositioning” their engineering facilities. The approach— sometimes part of an overhaul extending into various departments—is seen as a way to remake existing, purpose- built centers to better serve today’s research activities and student-centered academics.

BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.

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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Johns Hopkins unveils new undergrad teaching labs

November 13, 2013 4:23 pm | Videos | Comments

The facility, designed by Ballinger of Philadelphia, consolidates aging lab space that previously was sprinkled around the campus. Teaching labs, 20 in total, occupy the lower three floors of the building. The upper floor features an expansive building-length biology research lab.

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.

Video: Johns Hopkins unveils new undergrad teaching labs

August 19, 2013 3:22 pm | News | Comments

The facility, designed by Ballinger of Philadelphia, consolidates aging lab space that previously was sprinkled around the campus. Teaching labs, 20 in total, occupy the lower three floors of the building. The upper floor features an expansive building-length biology research lab.

Stalco Construction, Perkins Eastman Architects complete first phases of renovation at SUNY

July 22, 2013 1:40 pm | News | Comments

The Phase I laboratories, located on the school’s 16th floor, feature 10 overhead service panels that provide utility connections to movable research tables and counters below. The finishes and fixtures include a fume hood at each laboratory, emergency wash stations, painted masonry walls, epoxy resin countertops and vinyl composition tile (VCT) flooring. 

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.

Lab Design Conference Room Discount Ends Soon

February 22, 2013 3:08 pm | News | Comments

The annual Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 at the JW Marriott Houston. The discounted room block rate ends March 15, 2013. Attendees and those who are considering attending are encouraged to make a reservation today to ensure accomodations at the conference rate.

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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