The planning of research spaces is driven by the type of client and institution, and its users. The majority of public/ government agencies, academic and research institutions have well-established standards and requirements architects can use in the planning process. On the other hand, private and independent research entities might rely on architects to guide them through the process, and even assist in establishing standards.
Lab design is inordinately complex and often riddled with contradictions. So, when a lab must be...
Re-use, recycle, renovate or re-build—as architects and planners for higher education and...
JM Coull recently completed a 18-week, phased renovation of 6,500 sf of lab and office space in...
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.
For so many clients, building new ground-up lab space isn’t an option. From an economic standpoint, the duration of new construction doesn’t serve the immediate need; and often, an appropriate site is unavailable. In our dense urban centers, the desire for researchers to be co-located with their peers and their heroes, makes the competition for space a real challenge.
Flexibility in research labs has been a universal goal in recent years. Components that contribute to flexibility include lab casework systems and utility connections, zoning specific areas of a building and programming. In many situations, flexibility is solely focused on the solutions possible within the typical lab area vs. a more holistic look at the larger view of the research ecosystem.
It’s not unusual for architects and developers to be faced with tight time constraints, but occasionally the timeframe goes beyond tight. Completing a project on an extremely accelerated schedule presents many challenges, all of which can be daunting even to highly experienced teams.
Adapting to platinum: A case study of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Earth Sciences BuildingDecember 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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