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The pace of Li-ion battery innovation has sparked new demands for laboratories, manufacturing, and testing.
While the life sciences industry had been steadily growing, this growth exploded when the pandemic arrived—and there is no indication that this lightning-fast pace will slow down any time soon.
With an urgent need to increase lab space all over the country, the logical question is: can we convert non-lab space into lab space?
Developing lab facilities is far more complicated than developing most other building types, especially when it comes to MEP engineering.
20 years in the making—and it proves well worth the wait. The project was completed in October 2020 and includes the much-anticipated planetarium and greenhouse.
Crucial to the success of personalized medicine is the “big shift” away from large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing to small-scale lab manufacturing.
Empty office spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic are making some want to turn them into research labs, which brings its own unique set of challenges.
The demand for lab space is growing, which can leave designers feeling flummoxed. How can they meet their clients' expectations? Consider these 10 steps.
Science and technology facilities designed for Medicago and FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies serve as case studies for how design helps researchers combat health crises like COVID-19 and what makes them effective.
Indiana University has started operating its own labs for COVID-19 testing and will be able to complete 35,000 tests per week.
Aging mid-century laboratories continue to be a pressing challenge for institutions across the country and building owners are at a crossroads with what to do with these buildings.
As technology and testing advance, wet labs and dry labs have become more interconnected, but these spaces still have fundamentally different purposes and design considerations.
CU Boulder researchers have developed a rapid, portable, saliva-based COVID-19 test able to return results in 45 minutes, which could be deployable in community settings like manufacturing facilities and factories.
Testing is a crucial component of our global response to COVID-19 and producing enough tests processing the results quickly to the public is a challenge we currently face.
Rice University researchers have been awarded grants to research COVID-19's effects as well as develop technologies and protocols to mitigate its effects.
In laboratories across the globe, researchers are working around the clock to develop better testing procedures and treatments to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Renovation of this 164,300-sq-ft R&D facility combining Bayer Vegetable Seeds and Biologics
NASA’s Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) serves as a primary gateway for research payloads bound for the ISS and supports groundbreaking biological and life sciences flight and ground research
Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around
The University of Arizona’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) fosters collaboration among research scientists, healthcare providers, and private companies.
World class biomedical neuroscience research facility.
University of Southern California: The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
Architecture/Engineering integration optimized with CFD.
St. Louis Engineers Share Insights into John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Engineering Tomorrow Podcast
Marc McManus, St. Louis office engineering leader, Alex Oliver, senior mechanical engineer, and Colin Hale, mechanical engineer/energy services, were recently featured on the podcast Engineering Tomorrow to discuss the state-of-the-art Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
Arup provided comprehensive strategies for Northeastern University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC).
The Porter Neuroscience Research Center co-locates researchers from nine NIH Institutes in an innovative setting, launching an initiative to increase the pace of discovery in all areas of neuroscience in a sustained effort to understand the human brain.
Here are the five big ideas from the conference that stood out.
In a teaching laboratory, each new day can feel like its own unpredictable experiment, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Not all labs are created equal. Why do some research facilities produce more patents?
The team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 recently celebrated the topping out ceremony – reaching a significant milestone in the design and construction process.
Designing safe laboratories and research facilities; designing power systems for co-location data centers; how to design fire alarm notification systems; tips for transformer design in industrial buildings; and emergency, standby, and backup generators questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Engineers working on laboratory and research projects are tasked with balancing state-of-the-art systems, budgetary concerns, occupant safety, sustainable performance, and other factors.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College of Engineering has announced a new research center boasting a sensor driven computing platform to manage people and equipment. University officials claim that the new Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science will host a number of "firsts," including the first commercial sensor-driven computing system using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. Developed by location-based computing company Ubisense, the system will utilize UWB radar technology created by scientists in Cambridge, England.
Commissioning, retro-commissioning; survey work; government building; military facility; and new construction
Designing labs can be complicated. Here are the top seven design pitfalls to avoid when building a lab.
Managing Director, Affiliated Engineers Inc. (AEI), Denver BS and MS architectural engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan Vogt is managing director of the AEI Denver office. She is a hands-on manager leading some of the office’s more challenging projects in higher education, research/teaching labs, and clinical applications.
In order to increase the value of architecture, engineering, and consulting (AEC) firms need to make actionable management decisions, focus on gross profit, and reduce the average collection period (ACP).
Engineers need to consider many factors for a lab or research facility so it can perform as needed. Engineers with experience on such facilities offer advice on how to pass the test.
Lighting in research facilities, laboratories.
There are a lot of unknowns about what health care will look like under the new presidential administration. But even in the midst of all this uncertainty, there are a few certain ways we know the health care industry (and capital development within it) will be changing in the years ahead.
The Crouse-Hinds series 1,500-Vdc solar combiner box, with and without integral dc-disconnect switches, is built to minimize system costs by providing maximum flexibility.
A new lab building uses a hybrid wired and wireless approach to optimize controls.
Roche Diagnostics dedicates new buildings on its Indianapolis campus to transform and enrich its North American headquarters.
A careful examination and prepared approach resulted in an adaptable facility built to accommodate the client’s developing business needs.
High-level visioning processes can be used in combination with practical approaches to create a vision in a day.
Successful controls integration can be a challenge in both new construction and renovation projects. Laboratory facilities present unique challenges with critical lab spaces and non-lab areas that include both traditional building automation systems (BAS) and packaged laboratory controls.
These canopy hoods are designed to collect and exhaust corrosive vapors, heat, steam and odors.
This article summarizes trends and considerations to be mindful in relation to the physical environment in which analytical labs operate.
Isn't innovative laboratory design today a mix of both research connectivity and paradigm change within an organization coupled with the physical environment?
The Big Room, also known as the Integrated Center for Design and Construction, was an ambitious project. Its goal was to bring an entire delivery team together to design and build the complex Mission Bay Hospital digitally before starting work on site.
The key to success in the pharmaceutical industry is innovation.
Put your firm’s best foot forward by sharing your successes and top-notch information.
Laboratory and research facility operators must produce precise, reliable results every time in order to stay in business—and they insist upon that same precision from the engineers working on their buildings.
Based on research done by Consulting-Specifying Engineer and CFE Media, engineers tend to prefer analytical data, online tools from manufacturers, and product information. Do you agree?
According to FMI's latest nonresidential construction index report, there is a slight increase on the index from 62.5 in the third quarter to 62.8 in the fourth quarter of 2014.
CannonDesign's Andrew King is set to open his TRANS ARCHITECTURE exhibition at Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science.
Affiliated Engineers Inc.: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Systems Integration Facility
New construction of a research facility/laboratory.
Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. Building automation and management systems often are employed.
Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. Fire and life safety challenges abound in these buildings.
The Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) compiled the best research found in the past year's social science literature on women engineers and women in STEM disciplines. Listed here are some of the top trends across the various research initiatives.
Topics such as data center design and commissioning, engaging a younger engineering workforce, hydronic systems control valves, energy benchmarking, air-leakage testing, and labratory airflow control were presented and discussed in early April at NEBB's annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
NEBB's Cleanroom Performance Testing seminar and exam is Oct. 21-23 in Holly Springs, N.C.
New Construction; Sandia National Laboratories Molten Salt Test Loop; Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc.
New construction; Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory; Harley Ellis Devereaux
New Construction; Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory; HDR Architecture Inc.
Cooling systems can create a steady flow of cool water at a precise temperature for research equipment, which helps prevent emergency shutdowns.
Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Energy efficiency and sustainability are also key considerations.
FMI's nonresidential construction index improved two points to 60.1 for the second quarter, but concerns remain about the effects of sequestration on public and private construction.
Companies’ corporate headquarters show firms’ commitment to energy efficiency.
Company will capitalize on the need to retrofit existing pump systems to deliver energy and operational efficiency.
NEBB's seminar will focus on performance testing with hands-on demonstrations as well as HVAC concepts and discussions on safety enclosures.
Controls success starts in design with clear requirements, and ends with thorough testing and complete turnover. Here are eight steps to follow.
High-tech buildings as well as mission critical facilities must have reliable electrical power.
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The Americas photovoltaics (PV) market more than doubled in the first half of 2012 to reach 1.7 GW and is reportedly set to reach almost 4.3 GW for the full year.
New construction: Lockheed Building 245—Materials and Sciences; Alfa Tech
New construction: Environmental Services Laboratory Relocation; Erdman Anthony
New construction: Kaleida Health, Clinical and Medical Research Building; Cannon Design
Addition to existing building: Albany County Sewer District: Incineration Waste Heat Recovery/Co-Generation Project; CDM Smith
MEP upgrades, new construction: The Ohio State University RDJ MEP Upgrades and South Campus Central Chiller Plant; Engineering Economics Inc. (EEI)
Navistar International Corporate Headquarters; Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD)
New construction: Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center; RMF Engineering
Existing building retrofit: Nalco Chemical Laboratory; Redding Linden Burr Inc.
Addition to existing building: Jefferson Laboratories Technology and Engineering Development Facility; EwingCole
Addition to existing building: Cornell University—Stocking Hall Rehabilitation; M/E Engineering, P.C.
New construction: Cleveland Clinic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute; Karpinski Engineering
Addition to existing building: Wayne State University, A. Paul Schapp Chemistry Building; Harley Ellis Devereaux
New construction: Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; exp
The pace of industry consolidation has picked up dramatically over the summer. This week Morrissey Goodale tracked six domestic and four international transactions. This brings the total year-to-date deal count in the United States to 104, up 7% over the 97 domestic deals tracked through the same period in 2011. Including the U.S., the total global deal count is now 193, down a marginal 2% from the 196 global deals tracked through the same period last year.
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell, St. Louis
Senior Project Manager/Senior Mechanical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid Inc. (SSR), Dallas
Mechanical Engineer, ccrd Partners Professional Consulting Engineers, Dallas
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Laboratory facilities are among the most sensitive, complex structures an engineer can be asked to consult on. Juggling issues of sustainability, environmental integrity, cost control, and others can be a scientific process in and of itself. Here, top engineers offer their advice on how to effectively handle such delicate projects and maintain the perfect chemistry.
FMI's newest Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) increased 7.8 points to 58.1, indicating the construction industry is slowly improving along with the rest of the economy.
Mariano Rodriguez is a science planner, where he designs master plans for pharmaceutical, vaccine, and industrial companies and government institutions.
A user test site at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory allows researchers and manufacturers to test various energy efficient building systems and components in real-world conditions.
Become familiar with the project parameters and governing codes and standards to provide good HVAC design, proper airflow, and correct pressure relationships for your project and client.
The two industry groups join together to promote building design, construction, and operation professionals' interests with a memo of understanding.
Scientists unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer on Monday, a $100 million machine that performs 1 quadrillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise. The computer, nicknamed Roadrunner, is twice as fast as IBM’s Blue Gene system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which itself is three times faster than any of the world’s other supercomputers.
The Air Movement and Control Association Intl. (AMCA), Arlington Heights, Ill., announced in July that it has expanded an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation scope to include acoustic tests on fans, louvers, and reference sound sources.
Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has announced the immediate availability of its latest version of Acrobat. Acrobat 3D Version 8 software enables CAD, CAM, CAE and technical publishing professionals in the AEC industries to convert virtually any 3-D CAD file into a single PDF document.
(From RealcommAdvisory) In almost every area of business, research plays an important role in moving markets forward. There are those who take the time to ask the tough questions and ponder where the next phase of evolution will occur in their respective businesses. Without good research, business would become stagnant and eventually lose its forward momentum.
For more than five years of continuous operation, the BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) has operated a test lab in Boston. BACnet International and BTL have reached an agreement with SoftDEL Systems to establish and maintain a test lab for BACnet products. SoftDEL is headquartered in Stafford, Texas, but the actual test facility that the company will operate for BTL will be located in Mumbai, India. The BTL Manager and BTL working group of BACnet International will continue to administer the test lab. Jim Butler, of BACnet International member company Cimetrics, has served as BTL Manager since 2000.for some, we also sought for a cost-effective solution. Finally, we needed to maintain the objective neutrality of a third party. We entertained several proposals but settled on SoftDEL after extensive investigation.” According to Ajay Nirantar, business development manager for SoftDEL, the Mumbai lab has been performing similar testing and validation since 2001. Transitional training for test lab personnel takes place in April.
Researchers from the University of Washington are working to integrate the “paper” and “electronic” offices, according to a report in the Jan. 2 Technology Research News. Researchers developed a system that uses an overhead video camera to track physical documents on a desk.
Warm workers work better, an ergonomics study at Cornell University finds. Chilly workers not only make more errors, but cooler temperatures could increase a worker’s hourly labor cost by 10%, estimates Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell's Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory. When the office temperature in a month-long study increased from 68 “The results of our study also suggest raising the temperature to a more comfortable thermal zone saves employers about $2 per worker, per hour," said Hedge. In the study, which was conducted at Insurance Office of America's headquarters in Orlando, Fla., each of nine workstations was equipped with a miniature personal environment-sensor for sampling air temperature every 15 minutes. The researchers recorded the amount of time that employees keyboarded and the amount of time they spent making error corrections. Hedge used a new research approach employing software that can synchronize a specific indoor environmental variable—in this case temperature—with productivity. “At 77 An abbreviated version of the study is available at https://ergo.human.cornell.edu .
With the presidential election only a month away, engineering and science organizations are calling for virtual meetings with President Bush and Senator John Kerry, according to the October 2004 issue of Engineering Times from the National Society of Professional Engineers. In August, both Bush and Kerry were invited to participate in separate “virtual town hall meetings” by the CEOs of a number of major U.S. corporations and associations. The invitation has been endorsed by 50 organizations that represent members of industry, the scientific community, and academia, including NSPE. The candidates’ campaign organizations both acknowledged the invitation, but neither candidate has committed to participating in the virtual meetings, according to a spokesperson from the American Physical Society. During the virtual meetings, each candidate would deliver a 15-minute speech outlining his vision of science and technology in the future and his plans for those areas in the 21st Century.
Marketing professionals at A/E firms are all too familiar with the experience of frantically pulling together responses to requests for proposals (RFPs). But effective marketing is more than just RFPs and interviews. Planning, research, networking, conferences and trade shows, public relations and communications also play vital roles in winning new clients—and keeping existing ones.
The April 2002 roundtable dealt with issues in laboratory design, and this deep link offers the panelists' thoughts on project schedules.
Design professionals often overlook a valuable tool they can use to collect their accounts receivable; the construction lien laws of the state where a project is located can help a firm collect sums owed for work or equipment delivered. The first construction lien law was enacted in Maryland in 1791, and since that time, the other 49 states have adopted similar laws for the protection of co...
Engineering firms posted strong revenue growth in 2000 and a growing interest in merger and acquisitions, according to two recent surveys conducted by Zweig, White & Associates, Inc. (ZWA), a Natick, Mass.-based market-research firm specializing in design professions...