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October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In the ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer market there’s a continued focus on sample protection. As users store priceless samples, they need to have ULT freezers that provide them with quick recovery and uniformity after door openings. However, for most users, the trend is pointing to energy efficiency and cost, as ULT freezers cost as much to operate in a year as an average American household, according to the Univ. of California, Davis.

Designing a LEED Platinum science facility

October 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Rene Rotolo, AVP Campus Planning, Lehman College and Robert Goodwin, Design Director and Principal, Breeze Glazer, Sustainability Leader and Senior Associate and Julio Colon, Project Architect and Senior Associate, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

There’s a common perception that pursuing LEED certification for most building types is...

Effective collaboration spaces

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by Elizabeth Gibb, AIA | Articles | Comments

Innovative thinking drives all scientific research. Scientists require spaces that allow them...

Lab synergistics enhance energy efficiency

October 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Author: Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

Many energy-efficiency strategies are often viewed in isolation, not allowing projects to...

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Optimizing lab design for rapidly evolving science

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, FACHA, Senior Principal and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), based in Bar Harbor, Maine, operates at the forefront of genomic research. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)’s challenge as co-designer of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX GM) in Farmington, Conn., was to ensure that the research environment can respond quickly to shifts in research focus that are necessary to support these advances in personalized medicine.

True flexibility furthers science

October 9, 2014 12:07 pm | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

Rapid technological advances, scientific leaps and the influences of modern culture are some factors that have many institutions scrambling to update or replace outdated research facilities. Concurrent with this shift in research and how it’s conducted is a move toward collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Leveraging the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups often leads to extraordinary results.

Liquid labs: Designing for collaboration

October 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Jinhee Lee, AAIA, Carlos Perez-Rubio, LEED AP BD+C, and Ken Mohr, Principal, HERA | Articles | Comments

Interdisciplinary collaboration has become paramount to academic and corporate-based research. Collaboration is likely to occur only in an environment that enables and enhances interaction among researchers. Departing from the traditional lab environment, a “liquid lab” design maximizes the adaptability of a space, the fluidity of the changing research and the researcher’s access to collaborative space.

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How collaboration increases performance and reduces cost

October 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by James Crispino, Francis Cauffmann | Articles | Comments

The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.

Meeting sustainability goals in an energy-charged world

October 6, 2014 11:58 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) kicked off its new building project design on July 10, 2009, with a goal setting session. What resulted was a group of over 200 “stakeholders” in true Madison, Wisc., fashion, who realized their chance to be heard and address their goals for the WEI.

2015 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 1, 2014 9:07 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

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).

Wisconsin Energy Institute lab casework design

September 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

What are the new design ideas and features that help meet flexibility goals in a lab design? What new lab features help researchers focus on their science goals? They’re generally features and designs that bring resources to researchers without additional expenditure. Functional and flexible casework can also be pleasing to the eye with simple lines, and heavy duty to withstand heavy use.

Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

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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.

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.

EMD Millipore announces new CEO

June 3, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

EMD Millipore has announced the appointment of Udit Batra, PhD, as its incoming President and CEO, responsible for the organization’s strategic direction to drive growth and product innovation, as well as oversight of the worldwide operations.

Edwards continues strategic growth

June 2, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

Edwards Limited has opened a new vacuum and abatement Service Center in Glenwillow, Ohio. This state-of-the-art center will replace its current remanufacturing hub in Strongsville, and will include Edwards’ latest remanufacturing and repair methodology as well as expanded product repair capability.

ELGA’s PURELAB Chorus scoops gold at the A’ Design Awards

May 19, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

ELGA LabWater’s PURELAB Chorus has won a prestigious Gold A’ Design Award in the scientific instruments, medical devices and research equipment category. The A’ Design Award uses rigorous evaluation criteria including blind judging, score normalization and cross matching, to reward only designers and organizations that truly deserve special recognition.

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The countdown is on! Final R&D 100 deadline: May 9, 2014

May 6, 2014 8:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

In response to interest from potential competitors we have made one final extension to the 2014 R&D 100 Awards Entry Deadline: May 9, 2014. That gives anyone with a new product three more weeks to prepare their entry. It is certainly time enough to prepare a new entry as well. Remember, a new product launched at any time in the calendar year 2013 can be considered for the Awards.

Princeton Univ. selects SEM-GAS equipment for Andlinger Center

April 21, 2014 9:02 am | News | Comments

SEMI-GAS Systems, a provider of ultra-high-purity gas delivery equipment, announced that Princeton Univ. has selected its Centurion gas source and Nanoturion distribution systems for use in the university’s new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). The SEMI-GAS ultra-high-purity equipment will support the facility’s new labs and cleanrooms.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.”

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.

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