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The next generation of integrated research facilities

March 31, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael J. Reagan RA, AIA, NCARB and David R. Linamen PE, CEM, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

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.

R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last...

Remaining nimble in a competitive research market: Strategies for a cost-effective project

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and Jon Romig | Articles | Comments

Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are...

ASHRAE Green Grid publication provides data center metrics

February 14, 2014 9:06 pm | News | Comments

Power usage effectiveness (PUE™) has become the industry-preferred and globally adopted metric...

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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.

Lab vacuum and sustainable design: Issues and opportunities

February 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter Coffey, Vacuubrand | Articles | Comments

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.

NREL-developed software tackles building efficiency and cost savings

December 16, 2013 2:39 pm | News | Comments

The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose and adjust for problems based on direct occupant comfort feedback. Occupants are able to share this feedback via the application dashboard on their desktop computers.


Maximizing efficiency by design

December 5, 2013 1:53 pm | Articles | Comments

The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica in one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.

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 sustainability opportunities of innovative lab vacuum technology

December 5, 2013 1:30 pm | by Peter Coffey | Articles | Comments

Vacuum is such a common utility for most labs and is an important influence on the achievement of sustainability objectives. Studies indicate that vacuum pumps can represent 15% or more of the plug loads in labs. If you can significantly reduce energy use by vacuum pumps, you can make an important dent in total lab building plug loads.

Applying BAS to help users conserve energy

December 5, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jim Coogan | Articles | Comments

The big goal for sustainable labs is to consume only as much energy as the lab mission requires. This depends on user behavior and the building response to that behavior. The role of users in energy consumption is gaining recognition. New building automation system (BAS) concepts and user interfaces (UIs) are designed to assist and encourage actions that makes the building work effectively and efficiently.

The Celgene project: Making the impossible, possible

December 5, 2013 1:09 pm | by Don Holden, CLEP | Articles | Comments

Celgene’s 115,000-sf Warm Core and Shell Laboratory Tenant Improvement project in San Diego, Calif., had its challenges right from the outset—beginning with the owner implementing a design-bid-build method to maintain control of the design. The design and construction time frame was extremely compressed with 11 weeks from start of design development to the issued for permit set.


Framework for functional design: Labs that work for their users

December 5, 2013 12:53 pm | by Kevin Mussler and Courtney Fisk | Articles | Comments

This abstract addresses designing high-performance labs with a goal of over 50% energy-usage reduction. The speakers present a case study of the Univ. of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER II), a 43,156-sf research building which allowed CAER to expand its research opportunities in the fields of biomass and biofuels, solar energy and electrochemical power sources (capacitors and batteries).

Engaging lab users through best practices, green chemistry to achieve sustainability

December 5, 2013 12:45 pm | by Sudhakar Reddy | Articles | Comments

Like most higher education institutions across the country, lab operations at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) consume approximately four to twelve times more energy compared to a classroom or office environment, providing rich opportunities to save on energy utilities and resources.

Daylight harvesting for research labs

December 5, 2013 11:56 am | by Jim Walsh and Kevin Chriswell | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of fluorescent lighting and air conditioning, our interior lighting and temperature environments have become almost completely artificial. Only recently has the design imperative of “sustainability” caused the architectural community to reconsider the human impacts of these artificial environments, and attempt to restore a more natural, efficient and beneficial interior environment.

Reduce energy costs with standby lab exhaust fans

November 18, 2013 5:15 pm | Articles | Comments

This white paper discusses lab exhaust energy conservation. The most common system has the operating fan running at 100% of design volume while the standby fan is off and shut off by a backdraft damper. However, significant energy savings can be achieved by running both the operating fan and the standby fan together, each at 50% of design flow.

Task lighting for laboratories

October 15, 2013 4:14 pm | by Mark Loeffler, IALD, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Lab research is a visually intense activity. The ability to see well is critical for the proper perception of everything from chemical reactions to physical characteristics to biological processes. Visual performance is dependent on lighting quality. It is not simply a matter of brightness. High-quality lighting in a lab or elsewhere is a combination of color temperature, color rendering, directionality and diffusion, as well as intensity.


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.

ASHRAE/IES publish 2013 energy standard changes

October 15, 2013 2:55 pm | News | Comments

Major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget are contained in the newly published energy standard from ASHRAE and IES. “While many things have changed since the first version of Standard 90 was published in 1975, the need to reduce building energy use and cost has not,” said Steve Skalko, chair of the committee that wrote the 2013 standard.

The right ingredients for a new headquarters

October 15, 2013 2:47 pm | by Michael J. Steur, PE | Articles | Comments

For nearly 150 years, internationally based Mane Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavor and fragrance R&D and manufacturing, employing 3,000 people at nearly 40 innovation centers throughout the world. Mane bases its North American operations in southwestern Ohio, creating a mix of innovative technologies and state-of-the-art techniques for its customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Designing in a vacuum?

August 14, 2013 9:44 am | by Peter Coffey, VP for Marketing, Vacuubrand Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are you designing vacuum into labs, or designing labs in a vacuum? While vacuum is a utility that is commonly required for labs, along with electricity, water and compressed air, many architects, engineering consultants and lab planners are unfamiliar with the scientific uses of vacuum in labs or the different levels of vacuum needed for those tasks.

Supporting LEEDing-edge research: New Max Planck Institute combines scientific, sustainability goals

August 14, 2013 9:30 am | by Ian Leveroni, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle | Articles | Comments

Completed in 2012, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is the first U.S.-based institute of the Max Planck Society, a leading global scientific research organization based in Munich, Germany. In building the 100,000-sf life sciences lab, leaders at the Max Planck Florida Institute set their sights on achieving LEED certification for the facility.

2013 Laboratory of the Year: Creating collaboration across geographic and scientific borders

June 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.

2013 Laboratory of the Year High Honors: Sustainable building reflects the science within

June 6, 2013 11:12 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.

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.

Bright solutions help reduce lighting energy consumption in labs

June 6, 2013 10:15 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

More and more often, energy codes and LEED programs are driving laboratory planners and architects to pursue energy-conscious design. While HVAC systems get a lot of attention in terms of energy conservation, electrical and lighting loads are also significant energy consumers.

University of Colorado Boulder, Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

April 29, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder is designed as research “neighborhoods.” Offices for the scientific faculty are located across the Main Street from their laboratories to create interactions among the researchers as they transit from laboratory to office and back.

Super Bowl blackout shines spotlight on smart grid technologies

February 19, 2013 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII was explained by energy provider Entergy New Orleans as the result of sensors detecting "an abnormality in the system." While they continue to investigate the root cause, the issue of reliable and efficient electrical technologies has reached the populace.

Surprising breakthrough could bolster lighting devices, solar cell efficiency

February 19, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other laboratories have demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve solar cells and lighting devices.

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