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Video highlights 2014 Lab Design Conference

January 29, 2014 | Comments

There's still time to make plans to attend the 2014 Lab Design Conference. With a terrific line-up of speakers and tours of exceptional lab facilities in the Boston area, the conference continues to be a valuable resource for all those involved in lab design/build and operations.

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FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's FLEXLAB at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy-efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions.

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

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

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

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New laser lab on wheels to reduce emissions

June 2, 2014 10:02 am | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory has launched a new mobile lab to detect and measure emissions that are harmful to the environment. The DIAL (Differential Absorption Lidar) facility is a sophisticated laser-based system that provides rapid, accurate measurements of airborne emissions. It’s a completely self-contained mobile lab that can shipped, or driven, to where it is needed.

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3-D printer builds 10 houses in one day

May 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

WinSun, a private company located in eastern China, has printed 10 full-size houses using a 3-D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

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R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

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

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R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

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.

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R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

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.

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Google opts to move floating lab

March 3, 2014 6:15 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Comments

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.

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$24M crime lab construction underway in Shreveport

January 20, 2014 11:10 am | Comments

The 94,000-sf North Louisiana Forensic Science Center will be located on the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine campus. The facility is being constructed using $24 million in capital outlay funds from the state. Construction is expected to take 18 months and will feature classrooms and equipment.  

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Cofactor Genomics opens $3.8m HQ-lab in St. Louis

January 17, 2014 3:00 pm | Comments

The renovated 10,000-sf facility will house the company's headquarters, sequencing labs and data analysis offices. Cofactor Genomics is a Contract Research Organization that was founded in St. Louis in 2008 to provide beginning-to-end DNA sequencing, analysis and experimental design solutions to both private and public clients.

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Research station designed to withstand Antarctic challenges

January 3, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments

The challenges in the design and construction of this mobile facility in Antarctia was to prevent the sixth station from floating off on an ice break as four of the previous stations did, and building in temperatures as low as -30 F.

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MARBIONC facilty holds grand opening

December 16, 2013 7:19 pm | Comments

The 69,000-sf interdisciplinary research facility will house MARBIONC Development Group, LLC, a not-for-profit entity associated with the Center for Marine Science, as well as other companies interested in access to the most advanced biotech labs and equipment on the East Coast.

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Georgia Tech's EBB incorporates research neighborhoods and sustainable design

December 2, 2013 5:33 pm | Comments

Energy modeling was used to design the building envelope. EBB will feature photovoltaic panels to harness natural heat energy expanding Georgia Tech’s investment in renewable energy sources. The building will also harvest rain water and building condensation that will be used for grey water and irrigation. 

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NBBJ designs 1.1-million-sf facility for Samsung

November 13, 2013 4:50 pm | Comments

Samsung broke ground in August on the 1.1-million-sf campus for their device solutions group in San Jose, Calif. The video includes an interview with NBBJ's Jonathan Ward who is leading the design of the project. The campus will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage.

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Johns Hopkins unveils new undergrad teaching labs

November 13, 2013 4:23 pm | Comments

The facility, designed by Ballinger of Philadelphia, consolidates aging lab space that previously was sprinkled around the campus. Teaching labs, 20 in total, occupy the lower three floors of the building. The upper floor features an expansive building-length biology research lab.

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