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.
Dubbed the "mystery barge," due to the secrecy surrounding its purpose, the project built...
Extensive analysis work was performed by a team from PNNL. Sixteen different building...
Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and...
The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-sf office wing and a single-story, 12,605-sf lab wing. The light-filled labs have 14-ft-high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides.
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.
In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking engineering buildings, repositioning strategies for success. Other features include information on successful lab equipment moves, how new buildings are re-defining research and collaboration, how BIM bridges the collaboration gap and how science lab design standards create consistency.
Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the NREL has found. The findings demonstrate increasing importance for systems with thermal energy storage.
The Laboratory Design Conference is only a month away. Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, highly regarded event.
The renovation of a 10,950-sf lab facility in the KOLB Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute aimed to create a comfortable research and collaboration environment for scientists studying molecular therapeutics. The new research and education center includes open labs, as well as specialty procedure rooms for microscopy, electrophysiology, fly behavior and histology.
The innovative building design responds to the site with an interior ellipse and infinity-shaped courtyards that were purposely carved out of the central atrium to protect the native trees that predate the development of the site. Designed to be highly sustainable, the building's heat gain is prevented by a high performance glass facade that is covered with a system of metal fins, which deflect sunrays away from the building.
The project, valued at approximately $10 million, will build a facility that will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL's campus sustainability program. Research conducted there include national challenges in the power grid's reliability and resiliency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid and reducing energy use in buildings.
Proposed addendum bg revises the Native Plant definition, clarifies the Plants section by renaming it Landscape Design, and requires a minimum area of the landscape to be native plants. The addendum is open for public comment, along with four other addenda, until March 9, 2014.
Funding for the new building was made available through a 2011 Wyoming legislative appropriation of $50 million in federal Abandoned Mine Lands dollars. Completion is scheduled in late spring 2015. The nearly 100,000-sf facility will house about 32 labs.
Power usage effectiveness (PUE™) has become the industry-preferred and globally adopted metric for measuring the energy efficiency of data centers. In response to this demand, ASHRAE and The Green Grid have published “PUE™: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric.”
Lab buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar technology is one of the viable solutions to save energy and money in these high-tech buildings. In the past several years technologies have been developed that use the building envelope (the space between the interior walls and exterior walls) to provide weather protection; intercept solar energy; and generate useful heat and reduce the cooling load on the building.
Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has opened a new flagship lab in Aerospace Cluster in Toulouse, France. The 1,650-m2 expansion delivers a 25% increase in testing capacity with an additional eight fatigue testing frames and an increase in scanning electron microscope capability.
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.
Three Stantec designers who specialize in education facilities have authored a chapter in a new book about designing teaching laboratories. Published by the American Chemical Society, Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory" highlights projects, best practices, and considerations for academic institutions embarking on a lab construction or renovation project.
Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment movesFebruary 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.
Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments
Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.
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.
The United Nations defines sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When applied to lab planning and construction, sustainability includes: the efficient use of energy; the careful use of water using only what’s needed; adaptability to future needs and reducing pollution.
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) stands among the largest community college systems in the U.S. Each year, its seven campuses combine to serve over 120,000 students. Construction is constant. Different projects. Different architects. With such a high level of building activity, how can the district maintain equity at its campuses?
This alliance will help design professionals find sustainable products and benefit building product manufacturers through increased access to the design community. HPDs and EPDs play a significant role in the new LEED v4 green building rating system.
The newly published fourth edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide contains updated guidance that reflects how green building practices as well as the industry have changed. There are 44 GreenTips in this edition, including new ones on topics such as condensing boilers, rain gardens, green roofs and data centers.
One of the toughest transitions in delivering any construction project is making the handoff from construction to occupancy. To avoid frustration and make a smooth transition requires active tracking and management of cost and schedule, formalized processes for maintaining and assuring quality and an organized compilation of the information that will be required to operate and maintain the facility.
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