This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.
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Unleashing the huge potential of data will be the focus of a new global institute at Imperial College London. In the last two years the world has produced more data than in all of human history. Developing insights from better analysis of this information will enable us to improve our predictions of diseases in people, stimulate innovation, unleash waves of productivity and create new consumer services.
Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.
What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last five years has marked an increase in the level of scrutiny applied to projects to assure maximum ROI. The early design process demands greater economic analysis of lifecycle costs to reduce operating and energy costs and optimize environmental performance.
Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.
The design, layout and placement of labs have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support lean processes—including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization—whereas a “bad” design may create waste and make flow more difficult.
For a long time, the thermal performance of façades in research buildings has been undervalued because of the large volumes of air being moved through the space. Using the arsenal of strategies currently available to lab designers, air volumes in many contemporary research labs have been reduced to the minimums needed to maintain health and safety.
Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.
Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders and gases. Static charges are the result of triboelectric charging of dissimilar materials, such as clothing against skin and shoe soles on the floor surface.
The Univ. of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) serves as the headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF and in the state. The building houses patient-oriented research venues for the Institute on Aging and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as several research groups studying topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, muscular dystrophy and health outcomes and policy.
New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet. The standard defines a standard method for verifying that an implementation of the BACnet protocol provides each capability claimed in its Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement in conformance with Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks.
The EPIC brings together the traditional disciplines of civil, environmental, computer and electrical engineering in a collaborative innovative research and teaching community. Activities are focused on the development of energy and power production, from microchip fabrication and development of new structural materials to environmentally friendly solar and wind power.
A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.
Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.
Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.
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.
The Laboratory Design Conference is only three weeks away, with registration ending on March 31st. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussion about hot-button trends in laboratory design is coming to Boston, April 2-4th.
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 from shipping containers made a quietly orchestrated appearance at a pier last fall. Google is towing the barge to a new location to avoid fines.
Extensive analysis work was performed by a team from PNNL. Sixteen different building prototypes were modeled in 17 different climate locations for a total of 272 building types and climate zone combinations. The revision will result in buildings that could achieve more efficiency than those built to the 2010 standard.
Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia tops list. A research lab project made the list as a notable projects 2013; The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, LEED Platinum, the first university research computing center to achieve Platinum certification.
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.
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