SCIENCE FACILITIES DESIGN--HIGHER EDUCATION
NCEF's resource list of documents, reports, links, books, and journal articles exploring the planning, design, construction, and renovation of science facilities in higher education institutions.
References to Books and Other Media
Design Requirements Manual for Biomedical Laboratories and Animal Research Facilities.
(National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 2010)
Detailed design requirements and guidance manual for biomedical research laboratory and animal research facilities. 874p
Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria, Version 3.0
(U.S. Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, Labs for the 21st Century, Washington , 2010)
Provides a rating system for use with laboratory building projects to assess environmental performance. It builds on the LEED Green Building Rating System that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. As with the LEED system for commercial and institutional facilities, this publication proposes a point system that quantifies sustainable building features and practices, with the goal of obtaining silver, gold, and or platinum ratings. 25p.
Embracing the Right Questions: Planning Spaces for Science.
(Project Kaleidoscope, Washington, DC, 2009)
Discusses planning of new higher education science spaces in a collection of seminar documents. These discuss revisiting institutional priorities, considering the allocation or reallocation of resources so that those priorities can be funded over the long term, and asking key questions about all aspects of the planning process. The documents consider whether or not old questions are still relevant and what new questions are emerging, along with the thoughts of architects and other reflective practitioners from the design world.
Shaping STEM Learning Spaces: Critical First Questions.
(Project Kaleidoscope , Jan 2009)
Questions to ask when planning new spaces for science, either new or renovated, for undergraduate STEM learning communities. 4p.
References to Journal Articles
Chemistry Facility Inaugurates New Era for Science at Princeton
Laboratory Design; , p12-17 ; Jun 2012
Describes in detail the design of the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University. This building won the Lab of the Year High Honors.
Special Mention Lab Takes Thoughtful Approach to Green
Laboratory Design; , p18-20 ; Jun 2012
Describes in detail the design of the University of California-Riverside, School of Medicine Research Building. This building won a Lab of the Year Special Mention.
Researchers See the Light
EDC Magazine; May 24, 2012
Describes University of Rochester’s new Saunders Research Building. The state-of-the-art research facility has achieved LEED Gold certification. Occupants enjoy sun-drenched, open workspaces that promote teamwork as they perform vital research projects.
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences / HOK
ARCH Daily; May 22, 2012
With the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary care, the new academic medical center will create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab.
Cornell School Of Ecology / IBI Group Architects – Gruzen Samton
Arch Daily; Apr 04, 2012
Photos and description of the new 89,000-square foot Human Ecology Building at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. The project was comprised of three main components: a parking garage, a three-story academic/laboratory building, and a commons linking the new facility to adjacent existing college buildings, all linked seamlessly into the topography.
A New Kind of Teaching Lab: Chemistry for the 21st Century
Laboratory Design ; v16 n2 , p10-12 ; Mar-Apr 2012
Describes a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory on the campus of the University of Buffalo, constructed in a 1960s-vintage building.
Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University / Architecture Research Office
Arch Daily; Jan 11, 2012
Case study of new Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, or ICERM at Brown University. A unique feature of the Lecture Hall is the fourth wall, a writable surface of translucent glass panels inset with two suspended projection screens. This wide, floor-to-ceiling surface, actually a double layer of glass, allows daylight to filter into ICERM’s central lounge, where mathematicians also write on it.
Safer labs, Greener Labs: Ventilation Strategies
Cardona, Victor; Denmark, Adam
Laboratory Design; Dec 07, 2011
With better operations, better equipment choices, and the reduction of controllable hazards, labs can become a green and safe place. With these three steps, the building itself can be made far more efficient, with downsized HVAC systems and more productive, inspiring places to work together. That means greater ROI and fewer resources consumed.
Academic Science Planning: Linking Curriculum to Space
Spitz, Barbara and Miller, David
Laboratory Design; , p3,8,10-11 ; Sep 2011
Discusses at length the challenges of designing complex STEM buildings. Strategic thinking is required.
Sustainable Design Decisions and Costs in Research Laboratories.
Boyd, Taylor; Neilson, John; Sisle, Ellen
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p10,12-14 ; Jul 2011
Illustrates difficult choices when green design is not cost-effective, especially in instances of research laboratory buildings, due to the specialized activities that take place within them and the materials, personnel and equipment they contain.
Fast and Smart: Design Principles for Academic Research Laboratories.
Chippendale, Michael; Haggans, Michael; Gieryn, Thomas; Calarco, Trevor
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p1,8,9 ; Jul 2011
Presents fundamental principles of best practices in academic laboratory design: transmission of knowledge and advancement of research. The author's subtopics "Faster" and "Smarter" provide specific examples and delineates differences in design of corporate research labs and academic research labs.
Lab Building Costs Start to Rebound.
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p1,2,4-6 ; Jul-Aug 2011
Draws on a variety of data sources to give reasons for increased construction costs in first half of 2011.
No Such Thing as "Good Vibrations" in Science.
Facilities Manager; v27 n4 , p28-30,32,34,35 ; Jul-Aug 2011
Addresses specifically the impact of vibrations, and the sources of vibrations, on the architectural integrity of a structure, as well as its effect on scientific experiments within. A number of solutions are provided.
Y2E2: Building that Breathes.
Roberts, Cole; Khanna, Amit
High Performing Buildings; , p6-8,10-14,16,17 ; Jul 2011
Profiles this Stanford University science building, emphasizing its natural ventilation, daylighting, and sophisticated HVAC and energy recovery systems.
Biomedical Facility Shows Best of Modern Lab Design.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p16-19 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the University of Southern California's Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. The article describes solutions for the specific needs facing laboratories involved in regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Labs were designed to foster collaboration, discoveries and expansion. In addition to multiples green design features, the project is an integrated facility of open laboratories, flexible casework, well-organized systems, and sustainable architectural features.
Platinum Lab Emphasizes Practical Food and Beverage Science.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p12-15 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the University of California-Davis, Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory (WBF). Facilities for beer brewing, winemaking, and food processing science are utilitarian in scope and reflect an attractive, culturally appropriate aesthetic that is welcoming to users and visitors.
Renovation Transforms Nondescript Facility.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p1,8-10 ; May-Jun 2011
Describes the University of Connecticut Health Center, Cell and Genome Sciences Building (CGSB), a project awarded the Renovated Laboratory of the Year for its successful transformation of an uninspiring, outdated science facility. In addition to much-improved use of space, a dramatic use of natural daylight highlights the success of the project.
Sweeping Saudi Project Is Forward-Thinking, Exemplary.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p1,2,4-6,8 ; May-Jun 2011
Documents the planning and construction of the massive King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. With the goal of establishing a new age of wisdom, four main priorities were set: create a world-class institution that attracts the best talent from around the world, create a truly global institution through collaboration and partnerships with the best research organizations in the world, create a highly collaborative environment that encourages innovation at all levels, and create a university in which the physical environment models the sustainable research mission.
Cliffhanger: UCSF Embraces Creative Design in Earthquake Country.
School Construction News; v17 n4 , p16-18 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California San Francisco. The facility follows the contour of its steep site with cantilevered design and pilings. Sesmic design and LEED features are also discussed.
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building.
Architect; v100 n5 , p228-236 ; May 2011
Profiles the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California San Francisco. 6,000-square-foot roof terraces landscaped with native plantings top each of the laboratories.
The Greener Lab.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p60,62,64,65 ; Apr 2011
Discusses particulars of school laboratories, where larger amounts of air, energy, and water are consumed, and more hazardous materials are generated. Fume hood air recovery, indoor air quality, heat recovery, retro-commissioning, daylighting, and flexible workstations are discussed.
Facility Focus: Science/Research Facilities.
College Planning and Management; v14 n3 , p57-59 ; Mar 2011
Profiles examples of innovative design at Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, Washington University; Duke Lemur Center, Duke University; and Ocean and Coastal Studies Building, Texas A&M University, Galveston.
Public-Private Partnerships Offer Key Option for Academic Lab Buildings.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p1,6,8-10 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Recommends public-private partnerships for construction of new lab buildings, contracting with a developer rather than with a design/build team. In many instances, the developer also operates the building once it is completed. Topics include establishing a collaborative team, financing options, final fixed price, preproposal work, establishing the scope, basis of design, maintenance and operations, and management of changes.
Pre-designing Your Lab for Sustainability.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p1,2,4-6 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Recommends "pre-design" for laboratory buildings to determine spatial, functional, and performance requirements of a building. The decisions made during these activities make up the design problem, for which architects and engineers then craft a solution.
School Construction News; v17 n2 , p16-18 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Profiles Loma Linda University's Centennial Complex, a large academic center that anticipated future teaching strategies with highly flexible spaces ranging from very small classrooms to two large teaching auditoriums. The Anatomy Pavilion features extensive computer, audio, video, and robotics technology, enabling distance learning and worldwide collaboration. The Medical Simulation Center offers "virtual mannequins" to mimic real-life patient situations. Details on interior and exterior systems are included.
Nova Southeastern Facility Researches Coral Reef Health and Preservation.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p16,18 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Describes the background, plans, and implementation of Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center's National Coral Reef Institute facility.
The Science of Collaboration.
College Planning and Management; v14 n2 , p20,22-25 ; Feb 2011
Describes contemporary laboratory facilities designed for collaboration, natural light, and flexibility. Mobile workbenches are strongly recommended, and utilities are accessed from ceiling fixtures. Benches and desks of different or variable heights are available. Ancillary spaces for conferences, instruction, and researcher offices are also described.
Watch Your Waste.
Biehle, James T.
Journal of College Science Teaching; v40 n3 , p40-44 ; Jan 2011
College and university science programs generate hazardous waste that must be dealt with and disposed of in accordance with state and federal regulations. During a recent renovation and addition project for the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburg), the author was contracted to analyze existing regulations, research best practices at similar institutions, evaluate SUNY Plattsburg's facilities and procedures, and make recommendations for facilities modifications during the construction process. This article describes the findings of these efforts, describes sources of regulatory and other useful information, and lists the recommendations made to SUNY Plattsburgh.
Ventilated Cabinets: Design and Intent.
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p12-14 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Addresses the following considerations for designing laboratory ventilated cabinets: construction and testing; venting; location issues; and the special concerns of corrosive storage cabinets.
Fit-Out Creates Efficient Lab Space Fast for Broad Institute.
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p1,8-10 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Relates the response of the Broad Institute to the challenges of designing laboratory space that is efficient and flexible for continued growth. First principles are flexibility, transparency, and spatial constraints. Dialogue with an informed client is critical to a fast track to achieving the goal.
Carnegie Mellon University Gates and Hillman Centers.
Architect; v100 n1 , p172-180 ; Jan 2011
Profiles this new computer and academic center on a complex site, with abundant daylighting, a wide variety of window designs, and distinctive irregular forms. Plans, photographs, and a list of project participants accompany the text.
Retrofitting Labs to Reduce Energy Consumption.
Reindorf, Lisa; Goldman, Mitchell
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p1,2,4-6 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Notes that laboratories and other science facilities are among the most energy-consuming of building types because they are large consumers of heating and cooling energy, due to the need for once-through air supply. Specific topics are balancing safety and energy use, reducing the airflow rate, implementing heat recovery systems, commissioning, providing a high standard of safe indoor air, low noise, energy savings, and cost and payback.
Burnham Institute Florida: Green Lab Seeks Cures.
Bosch, Pat; Suarez, Angel
Laboratory Design; v15 n12 , p1,4,5 ; Dec 2010
Describes Burnham Institute Florida's commitment to achieving core values -- to sustain and improve the lives of others through a humanitarian and collaborative spirit in designing and planning space. Topics involving first costs, life-cycle costs and complex building systems include connecting researchers, smart water use, connecting to daylight, and indoors that breathe.
Toward a Sustainable Lab: Is Carbon Avoidance the Best Goal?
Leary, Chris; Maguire, Mark; Cunningham, Phillip
Laboratory Design; v15 n12 , p1,2,4 ; Dec 2010
Considers different metrics for achieving a "carbon neutral" lab building: energy-use avoidance (in terms of million BTU's per year); cost avoidance (in terms of dollars per year); and carbon avoidance (in terms of tons of carbon per year). A example of the use of these metrics is then included.
St. Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p50,51 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles this new academic facility that combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. The building is LEED Platinum certified. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Intelligent Building Ventilation Creates Greener, More Economical Lab Buildings.
Laboratory Design; v15 n11 , p8,9 ; Nov 2010
Makes the case that the most advanced studies in ventilation indicate strongest benefits from demand control ventilation (DCV), which continuously measures the indoor environmental quality and then varies the amount of air brought into the lab throughout the day. DCV enables the system to not only save energy when occupancy levels are now and the air is "clean," but also to increase the fresh air supply when needed to dilute contaminants.
Fit-out Project Presents Unusual Challenges.
Laboratory Design; v15 n11 , p1,2,4 ; Nov 2010
Focuses on the challenges of incorporating Japan's Kowa Science Institute into Boston's Center for Life Science, a first-of-its-kind speculative, privately-owned, multi-tenant research building. As indicated in the lease, the process from design through completion was limited to nine months. The article contains detailed descriptions of laboratory components.
Sizing Lab Modules for Flexibility and Energy Efficiency, Part 2.
Laboratory Design; v15 n11 , p1,4-6 ; Nov 2010
Offers detailed list of considerations for planner and client to address for a flexible, energy-efficient lab module. Principle categories are Sizing: The correct width; Sizing: The correct length; and Neighborhood "blocks."
Designing a Customized Lab Water System.
Laboratory Design; v15 n10 , p5,6,8,10,11 ; Oct 2010
Describes key factors to be considered when designing a customized laboratory water system and outlines best practices for defining purity level and volume requirements Options for water distribution design and equipment are also described.
Energy-Saving Strategies for New Research Facilities.
Mahler, Steve; Anderson, Shirine; Ames, Allan
Laboratory Design; v15 n10 , p1,4 ; Oct 2010
Discusses techniques for lowering thermal, electrical, lighting, and HVAC loads in laboratories, as well as addressing energy recovery devices and chilled water systems.
Sizing Lab Modules for Flexibility and Energy Efficiency, Part 1.
Laboratory Design; v15 n10 , p1,2 ; Oct 2010
Discusses trends in higher education laboratory module dimensions, noting a recent widening of space to accommodate multiple purposes and high-efficiency fume hood depth. Examples of laboratory module sizing from nine recently built University of Wisconsin facilities are provided, as are two references.
Steps for Selecting the Right Bench.
Laboratory Design; v15 n9 , p8,10 ; Sep 2010
Advises on matching laboratory work benches to the tasks that they will support, the amount of floor space available, the nature of the workflow, storage, lighting, power supply, accessories, and ergonomics.
Energy-Saving Strategies for News Research Facilities.
Mahler, Steve; Anderson, Shirine; Ames, Allan
Laboratory Design; v15 n9 , p1-4 ; Sep 2010
Offers an overview of the typical sources of a laboratory's extra energy demands. Advice on creating energy-efficient new laboratories includes forming a client team to set energy saving goals, and their input is essential from the beginning of the project. Steps toward reducing demand, increasing efficiency, harvesting free energy, recycling waste energy, and adaptive reuse are detailed.
Improve Rehab, Repair Projects with Job Order Contracting.
Laboratory Design; v15 n9 , p1,5,6 ; Sep 2010
Details the virtues of job order contracting in laboratory construction, especially in small and repetitive projects. The unique communication-enabling procedures of job order contracting, savings that can be realized, and ease of work for all parties are emphasized.
Cold Spring Harbor Upgrade Creates Research Village.
Laboratory Design; v15 n8 , p1-4 ; Aug 2010
Profiles this research facility expansion that preserved the bucolic landscape by building significant underground spaces, planting 700 trees, and by locating the chiller away from the campus in a building resembling a traditional barn.
Lab Renovation Costs Dip with Economic Doldrums.
Laboratory Design; v15 n8 , p9,10 ; Aug 2010
Discusses the decline in laboratory renovation costs, due to the weak economy. A chart accompanied by text details costs per square foot for laboratory renovations from 2007-2010.
Efficient HVAC Strategies: An Emerging Technology Primer.
Laboratory Design; v15 n8 , p1,5,6,8 ; Aug 2010
Discusses the particular problems of laboratory HVAC systems, which typically condition a large amount of fresh air and only cycle it through the building once. Variable air volume (VAV) systems can coordinate exhaust rates with fume hoods to lower exhaust when hoods are not in use. Advances in fume hood technology are also discussed, as are room sensors that adjust HVAC operations based on air quality in the room.
Building a Low-Cost Gross Anatomy Laboratory: A Big Step for a Small University.
Anatomical Sciences Education; v3 n4 , p195-201 ; Jul-Aug 2010
This article illustrates details of the planning, building, and improvement phases of a cost-efficient, full-dissection gross anatomy laboratory on a campus of an historically design-centric university. Special considerations were given throughout the project to the nature of hosting cadavers in a building shared amongst all undergraduate majors. The article addresses these needs along with discussion of relevant furnishings and infrastructure that went into the creation of a fully outfitted gross anatomy laboratory (ten cadavers) completed within a significantly constrained timeline and $210,000 budget. (Contains 3 figures.)
Lab Building Costs Continue to Decline.
Laboratory Design; v15 n7 , p1-4 ; Jul 2010
Outlines reasons for a continued decline in laboratory construction costs in 2010. Cost declines by laboratory type are also discussed, and displayed in a table. Variations in costs according to facility type are explained, with sustainable design and location factored in as well.
Consider Synergies When Determining the Real Cost of LEED.
Mills-Knapp, Sara; Oppenheimer, Stephen; Andrews, Robert
Laboratory Design; v15 n7 , p1,5,6 ; Jul 2010
Discusses analyzing the cost of LEED-certified design with consideration to base project costs, code compliance, and immediate energy and water savings, rather than strictly as add-on costs.
Laboratory Design; v15 n5 , p12 ; Jun 2010
Profiles new higher education laboratories at the University of West Florida, Emory University, and the University of Florida. A list of project statistics and participants accompanies the text.
Design Teams, Users Weigh in on Lab Design Trends.
Laboratory Design; v15 n5 , p1-4 ; Jun 2010
Presents the results of a survey of laboratory designers and builders, as well as clients who build laboratories. The survey reports large percentages of firms experiencing canceled or postponed projects, intense focus on sustainable design and operations, and widespread adoption of transparent, flexible floor plans.
Utah Lab Project Requires Persistent Site Analysis.
Laboratory Design; v15 n5 , p1,5,6 ; Jun 2010
Describes the challenge of building a new laboratory at Utah Valley University. The lab had to be constructed along an existing campus concourse that connects major campus buildings and whose transparency reveals desirable panoramic views of nearby mountains and water features. The solution was a smaller building than originally sought that preserved the amenities, but required relocation of utilities.
Facility Focus: Science Facilities.
College Planning and Management; v13 n5 , p63-65 ; May 2010
Documents successful new science facilities at Mankato State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Georgia State University.
Laboratory Design; , p13 ; May 2010
PRofiles new laboratories at the Richester Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. Project information accompanies brief descriptions.
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p14 ; Apr 2010
Profiles the new University of Miami, Florida, Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building. Project statistics accompany the text.
Optimizing Laboratory Ventilation Rates: Challenges and Implementation.
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p8,10 ; Apr 2010
Presents case studies of optimizing two laboratory ventilation systems, as determined by commissioning.
Understanding Laboratory Water Systems.
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p1-3 ; Apr 2010
Discusses laboratory water management, describing hazards of backflow and backsiphoning, as well as prevention of injuries with emergency showers and eye/face washers.
Silo-Busting: Prototyping the Future for Collaborative Science at Emory.
Laboratory Design; v15 n4 , p1,4-6 ; Apr 2010
Profiles a prototype laboratory at Emory University that co-locates a chemistry library with research laboratories. The design featuring transparent interiors is discussed, as well as what worked and what did not.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p12-14 ; Mar 2010
Profiles the Wilmer Eye Institute, Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building at Johns Hopkins University, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description.
Optimizing Laboratory Ventilation Rates: Challenges and Implementation.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p5-7 ; Mar 2010
Discusses control of occupancy, demand, hazardous banding, and task ventilation in the context of laboratory ventilation, with particular attention to safety and lowering energy consumption.
Understanding Laboratory Waste and Vent Systems.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p1,2 ; Mar 2010
Discusses laboratory drain systems, with emphasis on the special materials required to accommodate corrosive or reactive particular to laboratories.
Kansas Facility Scores Recruiting Success with Interdisciplinary Focus.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p1,3,4 ; Mar 2010
Profiles the new Kansas Life Sciences Center at the University of Kansas. The multi-disciplinary laboratory unites medical and pharmaceutical research in a facility noted for its outstanding architecture, flexible laboratories, and sustainable features.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p13 ; Feb 2010
Profiles recently built science facilities at the University of Minnesota and the University of Colorado. Building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description of each are included.
Optimizing Laboratory Ventilation Rates: Challenges and Implementation.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p6-9 ; Feb 2010
Advises on how to optimize laboratory ventilation airflow and reduces associated energy use while maintaining or improving safety. Existing codes are reviewed and the steps of reviewing design intent, identifying the authority with jurisdiction, prioritizing resources, and implementing a design strategy are addressed.
Collaborate to Design/Build a Lab: Three Essential Tactics.
Laboratory Design; v15 n2 , p1,5 ; Feb 2010
Advises on how to collaborate effectively on a design/build laboratory project. Commitment from architects, builders, and owners; a pre-design analysis; and a flexible design scheme that can accommodate changes are detailed.
Science in a New Light.
Texas Architect; v60 n1 , p48-53 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at Texas A&M University. The building represents the institutions first foray into sustainable design, conforms to the new campus master plan, and serves interdisciplinary functions. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Collaboration: A Better Way to Quality, Efficiency and Value in Construction.
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p1,4,5 ; Jan 2010
Discusses inclusion of a construction manager when building laboratories, and that person's role in potential modular construction, building in future flexibility, and fast tracking the project.
The Future is Now.
Architecture Minnesota; v36 n1 , p20-23,51 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles the Leonard A. Ford Hall science building at the University of Minnesota-Mankato. The high performance building's details are discussed, as is its popularity as a student meeting place. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Shedding Light on the Sciences at UMass Amherst.
Schaeffner, Robert; Cabo, Gary
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p10-12 ; Jan 2010
Profiles the new Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) at this institution, which took as a major priority the fostering of interdisciplinary interaction. The design of the concourse, the "treehouse" collaboration areas, and computer resource center are described, as are the suite-like classrooms.
Lab-based Companies Can Benefit from Commercial Real Estate Downturn.
Laboratory Design; v15 n1 , p1-3 ; Jan 2010
Discusses how a downturn in real estate values can benefit institutions creating laboratories. Techniques and issues for turning vacant office space into laboratories are highlighted, as are repurposing and adapting existing laboratory spaces.
Facility Focus: Research Facilities.
College Planning and Management; v12 n12 , p33,34 ; Dec 2009
Profiles new scientific research facilities at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and at The University of Michigan. Their design, equipment, and sustainability features are described.
Emerging and Sustainable Fume Hood Technology: An Overview.
Laboratory Design; v14 n12 , p1,4-6 ; Dec 2009
Reviews current fume hood practice, as well as trends in light of these considerations. These included constant volume, advanced, and ductless fume hoods.
Best Practices for Sustainable Design of Vivariums.
Cordes, Edwin; Crow, Carl
Laboratory Design; v14 n12 , p10,12 ; Dec 2009
Provides an overview of the reasons for and benefits of sustainable design of vivariums. Specific strategies for improving water efficiency and saving energy are discussed.
Economic Change Prompts Inherently Green Solutions.
Dhar, Deepa; Gupta, Aditi
Laboratory Design; v14 n12 , p1-3 ; Dec 2009
Proposes how difficult economic times can motivate overdue "green" laboratory design that saves money in the long run. Design techniques, space utilization, and ventilation concepts are discussed.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this news building housing the mathematics and physics departments of Groningen University and Hanze Polytechnic. A steel load-bearing structure exposes both the interior and exterior design. The public functions (library, reception, and restaurant)are housed in the transparent ground-floor volume. Two inner courtyards admit natural light into the core of the building. Project information and photographs are included.
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this new academic building with a 148-seat auditorium, library, classrooms, offices, conference rooms, and basement-level laboratories. The modern structure was designed to visually connect to the university's historic northern campus. The exterior cladding's red fiber reinforced cement panels were selected for their recycled content and clean finish. Inside, the building offers a collaborative environment for a dozen different academic departments. Project information and photographs are included.
Francesco Bellini Life Sciences Building and the Cancer Research Building.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this cancer research and biomedicine center with offices, seminar rooms, conference areas, common-area kitchens on each floor, and research laboratories. The facility connects to the preexisting McGill University Life Sciences Complex, which comprises a circular, 16-story concrete building and a rectilinear, seven-story concrete building, both built in 1965. The existing facilities were renovated as part of the overall project. The new six-story, glass-and-zinc building provides additional space for researchers. Laboratories were designed to be flexible, with modular casework that allows workers to configure the space as needed. The building is topped with a green roof. Project information and photographs are included.
Laboratory Design; v14 n11 , p12 ; Nov 2009
Profiles the Conoco-Phillips Integrated Science Building at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The three wings are connected by a central atrium and the outdoor quadrangle integrates into the natural landscape.
Rector Science Complex Stuart Hall and James Hall, Dickinson College.
Design Cost Data; v53 n6 , p18,22,23 ; Nov-Dec 2009
Profiles this LEED Gold facility that was attached to an existing building to form a courtyard that functions as a social hub. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Second Annual Go Beyond Awards Honor Sustainability Achievements.
Laboratory Design; v14 n11 , p1,4,5 ; Nov 2009
Profiles recent higher education laboratory facilities that have won this award from the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, in partnership with the publisher. Winners show a commitment to the goals of the Laboratories for the 21st Century program and to the joint sustainability programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Harvard NW Science Building.
Architectural Record; v197 n11 , p108-113 ; Nov 2009
Profiles this new academic science building, which masks its considerable bulk via a zig-zag floor plan that prevents the viewing of the entire building at one time.
A Solid Platform: Trends in Labs for the Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Laboratory Design; v14 n11 , p1-3 ; Nov 2009
Discusses the trend toward open, inter-disciplinary science teaching facilities that incorporate the sciences. Several recent higher education science facilities are cited, featuring flexible spaces, collaborative learning areas, showcasing of student work, and research clusters.
The Great Fume Hood Debate: Basic Issues in Safety and Efficiency.
Laboratory Design; v14 n11 , p6,8 ; Nov 2009
Compares the traditional constant-air volume fume hood that uses a great deal of energy, versus newer variable and low air-volume hoods. Higher initial costs for the newer designs may be quickly recouped in energy savings.
Chilled Beams in Laboratories: Key Strategies to Ensure Effective Design, Construction and Operation, Part 3.
Laboratory Design; v14 n10 , p8,10 ; Oct 2009
Discusses construction and commissioning of chilled beam systems in laboratories. The costs, hanging of the beams, and maintenance of the systems are addressed.
Renovation Gets Rehabbed: Five Steps to Faster, Greener and More Economical Labs.
Reed, Mark; Mollo-Christensen, Erik
Laboratory Design; v14 n10 , p1,5,6 ; Oct 2009
Advises on cost-effective renovations of laboratories. The article advises avoiding a multi-phase renovation and portable facilities, implementing a single-phase plan and swing space, conserve as much of the original construction as possible, and use the renovation to remedy mistakes from the past.
Chilled Beams in Laboratories: Key Strategies to Ensure Effective Design, Construction and Operation, Part 2.
Laboratory Design; v14 n9 , p7,8,10,12 ; Sep 2009
Discusses three areas of chilled beam system design: system sizing, controls and integration, and energy modeling. A chilled beam system designed for a laboratory with this information in mind can reduce building energy use and costs compared to a standard VAV reheat system.
Laboratory Design; v14 n9 , p17 ; Sep 2009
Profiles recently built higher education laboratories at the University of Wisconsin, Florida Atlantic University, and Clemson University. Building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description of each are included.
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech.
Architectural Record; v197 n9 , p94-98 ; Sep 2009
Profiles this newly renovated 1928 building, featuring enthusiastic ornamentation that reflects the nature of research conducted in the building.
Science Meets Faith in Azusa Pacific Building Project.
Laboratory Design; v14 n9 , p1,4-6 ; Sep 2009
Profiles this institution's new Segerstrom Science Center, detailing building statistics, project management, design and exterior detailing, and sustainability elements.
Web Exclusive: Laboratory Goes Through-the-Roof Green.
Profiles a new facility at Maine's Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, focusing on the design and insulation of more than eight inches of polyisocyanurate insulation in the roofing system that delivers extremely high R-values.
Making the Connection.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 ; Sep 2009
Profiles the joining up of existing and new science buildings at McGill University. A variety of complex site, design, and historical context challenges were met by a collaborative team of occupants and designers. The new complex features abundant natural lighting, flexible laboratory and support spaces, and deference to the adjacent green slope of Mount Royal. A list of project participants and sustainability strategies is included.
Chilled Beams in Laboratories: Key Strategies to Ensure Effective Design, Construction and Operation, Part 1.
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p1-4 ; Aug 2009
Describes how chilled beam cooling systems work, their particular advantages to laboratories, and present three case scenarios for chilled beam systems in different laboratory designs.
American School and University; v81 n13 , p99,100 ; Aug 2009
Profiles one high school and one higher education laboratory selected for the 2009 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. The projects were chosen for their ability to integrate current and future technology, innovative use of materials, life-cycle cost versus first cost, timelessness, safety and security, clarity of design concept, and accommodation of an enhanced educational mission. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
The Science of Green.
Cekauskas, Raymond; Hartmann, Mark
American School and University; v81 n13 , p133-136 ; Aug 2009
Discusses sustainability issues and higher education science facilities. Site selection and preparation, flexible laboratories, natural lighting, and energy conservation and recovery are addressed.
Lab Building Costs Plummet with Economy.
Laboratory Design; v14 n7 , p1-4 ; Jul 2009
Outlines reasons for declining square foot construction costs for research laboratories, as well as the availability of federal stimulus funds for the same. A table illustrating 2008 and 2009 costs for various types of laboratories is included.
The HudsonAlpha Institute: Finding a Smart Place to Grow.
Laboratory Design; v14 n7 , p8,10,11 ; Jul 2009
Profiles this Huntsville, Alabama, biotechnology research facility that features low operating costs, flexible laboratory spaces, and a floor plan and transparent interior that encourages collaboration. Benefits to the community since the laboratory opened are also outlined.TO ORDER: http://www.rdmag.com/labdesignnews
Enhancing Lab Sustainability with Energy Audits and Master Planning.
Laboratory Design; v14 n7 , p5-7 ; Jul 2009
Discusses elements of an energy audit and planning that can enhance sustainability. Equipment and systems improvements, inclusion of researchers in the assessment and upgrade process, and inclusion of all types of building professionals are addressed.TO ORDER: http://www.rdmag.com/labdesignnews
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p14 ; Jun 2009
Profiles three recently built higher education laboratories, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description of each.
New Money for Labs: Tips for Responding to the Federal Initiative.
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p1-3 ; Jun 2009
Describes opportunities for funding of higher education science facilities, with grants distributed through the National Center for Research Resources. The article describes qualifying projects, application procedures, and criteria for awards.
Robotics, Smart Conveying Streamline Specimen Handling at ARUP Laboratories.
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p6-8 ; Jun 2009
Describes the large, highly automated and sophisticated diagnostic laboratories at Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Inc. (ARUP), citing the significant improvement made over the time when specimens were manual stored and retrieved. The enterprise is owned by the University of Utah.
Six Themes for the "New Translation."
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p1,4,5 ; Jun 2009
Discusses six themes for consideration by higher education science facility designers. These are 1) Enterprise, or connection of science to commerce; 2) Culture, or encouraging overlap between disciplines; 3) Community, or creating a sense of cohesiveness for the occupants; 4) Technology integration; 5) Sustainability, and; 6) Legacy, or contribution to the creation of knowledge.
Laboratory Design; v14 n5 , p22,23,29 ; May 2009
Profiles new higher education science laboratories in California, Michigan, Utah, and Ontario, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description of each.
Harvard Fits Large, Versatile Lab into Sensitive Campus Site.
Laboratory Design; v14 n5 , p3,8-10 ; May 2009
Profiles Harvards Northwest Science Building, which accommodated neighborhood concerns over the buildings bulk by placing more than half the total square footage of the facility below grade, and incorporating three functioning green roofs. Placing much of the structure underground also allowed creation of ultra-low-vibration space for sensitive imaging equipment, and produced sustainability benefits by reducing material use and energy consumption.
Lab Honored for Dramatic Renovation of Key Space.
Laboratory Design; v14 n5 , p12-14 ; May 2009
Profiles Carleton University's Steacie SuperLab, a large and open facility created from four previous cramped and dark laboratories. Opening the space allowed for a doubling of fume hood capacity and a 20 percent increase in student capacity. The former ring corridor was reconfigured with modular prep labs and office space for lab coordinators, and incorporated into the teaching environment with the addition of chalkboard walls for impromptu discussions.
Lab of the Year Combines Efficiency, Site Sensitivity.
Laboratory Design; v14 n5 , p3-7,25 ; May 2009
Profiles Columbia University's Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Campus. The facility was sited for minimal environmental impact, preserving views, avoiding runoff, and minimizing disturbance to the landscape. A high office-to-laboratory ratio is accompanied by daylit atriums for casual interaction.
Laboratory Design; v14 n4 , p16 ; Apr 2009
Profiles recently built laboratories at Vanderbilt University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Washington, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description.
Univ. of Miami Takes Integrated Approach to Biomedical Research and Support Services.
Laboratory Design; v14 n4 , p1-5 ; Apr 2009
Profiles the University of Miami's Biomedical Research Building. Descriptions of the research spaces, support facilities, and sophisticated HVAC system and exhausts are included.
Vibration Isolation Critical to Measuring Neuronal Patterns in the Brain.
Laboratory Design; v14 n4 , p13,15 ; Apr 2009
Discusses the need to eliminate low-frequency vibration from outside sources in this type of research. An example of how the vibrations were mitigated at Georgetown University Medical Center is included.
Commissioning Ventilated Containment Systems in the Laboratory.
Laboratory Design; v14 n4 , p1,6-8,10,12 ; Apr 2009
Discusses commissioning of laboratory exhaust systems, listing the types of systems that should be commissioned, the personnel who should be involved, and key elements of the commissioning plan.
Laboratory Design; v14 n3 , p15 ; Mar 2009
Profiles a recently built laboratory at Georgia State University, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description.
Learning from Corporate Interiors.
Aungst, Debra; Siefert, Nancy; Sisle, Ellen
Laboratory Design; v14 n3 , p1-6 ; Mar 2009
Recommends that laboratory design follow the lead of corporate interior design, with individual workspaces, flexible partitions and furnishings, more teamwork areas, and fewer enclosed offices.
HVAC Airflow Keeps Pace with Lab Technology Advancements.
Laboratory Design; v14 n3 , p12,15 ; Mar 2009
Discusses the use of fabric ductwork to control the velocity, direction, and noise of HVAC airflow. Examples of laboratories where fabric ductwork was installed in response to sensitive instruments and low-flow fume hoods are discussed.
Laboratory Design; v13 n2 , p12,14 ; Feb 2009
Profiles four recently built higher education laboratories, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description of each.
Want Your Lab to Deliver "Greener" Results? Look to Hidden Cost Savings in Power.
Advises on saving energy in laboratories through updating equipment with grant funds, proper maintenance, and proper power supplies.
Case Study: Diablo Valley College Goes Wireless to Integrate with Network Security.
Doors and Hardware; v73 n2 , p20-22 ; Feb 2009
Profiles this institution's use of wireless locks to retrofit an older building for increased access control. Proximity card access and a key override are featured.
Laboratory Design; v14 n1 , p15 ; Jan 2009
Profiles the Max Planck Society laboratory at Florida Atlantic University, providing building statistics, a list of project participants, and a short description.
Getting the Most from Your Laboratory Design Dollar.
Laboratory Design; v14 n1 , p1 6 ; Jan 2009
Advises on cost-effective laboratory design. The client should begin with a set of standards that can be communicated to and understood by the design team, the design and construction team should consist of professionals that know each other, generic and flexible laboratory space should be considered if available, and laboratory programming should include the users.
Stanford Lab Embodies Goals for Interdisciplinary Research.
Laboratory Design; v14 n1 , p10-12 ; Jan 2009
Profiles Stanford University's Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Engineering (Y2E2) Building. The interdisciplinary facility is daylit by atriums that illuminates even the subterranean floor. Interdisciplinary contact is achieved by assigning space according to research topics, rather than academic discipline, and extensive interior glazing exposes laboratory and classroom activities to all occupants.