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Earthquake lab tests new design for safer bridges

July 22, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.

CDC director admits safety problems at germ labs

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that systemic...

FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | Videos | Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S...

NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 22, 2014 7:50 am | by Mark Bello, NIST | Videos | Comments

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington...

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The 2014 Best Firms to Work for Awards announced

July 9, 2014 7:34 am | News | Comments

ZweigWhite has announced the winners of the Best Firms to Work For Ranking. Since the Best Firms to Work For list began in 2001, hundreds of architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels.

Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As the newest alternative energy research center, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is earning accolades for sustainability and energy conservation. The five-story 104,000-sf research center at Univ. of Wisconsin has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and top honors in commercial design locally.

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June 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

June 25, 2014 10:46 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Penn State Univ.'s Eva J. Pell Lab for Advanced Biological Studies, Washington State Univ.'s Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The issue also visits the topics of trends in modern lab design, shaping the scientific workplace of the future and benefits of branding the lab.

BSL3 Facilities: Design, Construction and Beyond

June 24, 2014 4:26 pm | Events

If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. You should attend this course if you are a design engineer, facility manager, architect, commission agent, or anyone that is involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL-3 lab.

HVAC Systems and Laboratory Design

June 24, 2014 4:20 pm | Events

This two-day-day introduction to the design and evaluation of laboratory HVAC systems combines lecture, class discussion, hands-on laboratory work, and group activities. Topics include basic airflow principles; ventilation equipment exhaust requirements;  OSHA, ANSI, ASHRAE and NFPA regulations;  fume hood testing and laboratory controls.

Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

June 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The co-founders of Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinout KGS Buildings have a saying: “All buildings are broken.” Energy wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.

SOM’s design for UCLA recognized at LA Architectural Awards

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The SOM-designed Univ. of Los Angeles (UCLA) Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences was the winner of the Under Construction Category.

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Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion receives LA Architectural Award

June 16, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles Business Council recently honored HOK’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards luncheon. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was selected as a winner in the Healthcare category.

California Health Care Facility Team wins IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award

June 16, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

The HDR project team, part of the Clark-McCarthy a Joint Venture (CMAJV) for the California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Stockton, recently won the 2014 International Partnering Institute's (IPI) Partnered Project of the Year Award.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Taking a cue from basic management practices, the adage that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure or monitor is just as true in sustainability applications as it is in human relations. All the design efforts created by the architects and engineers for a sustainable research lab structure can be wasted if monitoring and control systems aren’t put in place.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The latest update seen in LEED v4 provides a small glimpse of the expected changes in where sustainability efforts will be focused over the next several years. While some of the LEED certification changes are a little bit more of the same, just reworded and retitled, changes such as the holistic approach to materials analyses, lifecycle considerations and multiple metering (monitoring) requirements establish new challenges for submitters.

Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community. Here are some sustainable design resources.

Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 6, 2014 5:01 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Trends in modern lab design

June 6, 2014 4:38 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, many entries are entered into R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year competition; but only a select few win. However, each entry exhibits trends in modern lab design. From flexibility to sustainability to collaboration, these trends showcase the best design options for lab facilities today and for the future.

Shaping the scientific workplace of the future

June 6, 2014 3:53 pm | by Joseph Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HOK | Articles | Comments

As an architect and leader of a large science and technology practice group, I have the privilege of focusing on the inner sanctums of these facilities: the labs. These environments, where architects must balance demands for sophisticated technology with the need for dynamic human interaction, are among the most fascinating spaces we encounter.

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.

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