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  • Hans Rosling Center for Population Health

    Published 1-19-2022

    The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health at the University of Washington (UW) is designed to realize the vision of the university’s Population Health Initiative, a 25-year mission to address the most persistent and emerging global challenges affecting human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity. The nine-story Center provides space for collaborative group work, active learning, offices, and training for the UW Department of Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME), the UW School of Public Health, and the offices of the Population Health Initiative. The project was made possible by a $210 million gift from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $15 million in earmarked funding from Washington State.

  • Top 10 Reports of 2021

    Published 1-5-2022

    2021 was another unprecedented year, with rapidly changing capital project priorities. New directions in science funding, the current and future realities of in-person and hybrid learning and work environments, and what it now takes to recruit and retain workers, students, and faculty were items of highest interest. Here is the top ten list of Tradeline articles that your peers found particularly helpful in navigating 2021 and preparing for 2022 and beyond.

  • Economic Bounce Driving Cost Volatility for Large Science and Technology Capital Construction Projects

    Construction Cost Forecasts Indicate Importance of Timing for Contracting and Bid Packages

    Published 12-15-2021

    Pandemic-induced supply chain issues, increased commodity demand, and regional labor shortages are expected to drive annual construction cost escalation for large capital projects to record highs over the near- to mid-term future. While the compounded escalation rate for non-residential construction costs have trended around 3.5 percent annually for the past 30-plus years, many regions are expected to see double that escalation rate (or more) through at least 2023, according to current market forecasts.

  • How Individually Ventilated Cage (IVC) Systems Can Impact Research Outcomes and Repeatability

    Researchers Emphasize Need for Detailing Different IVC Systems in Scientific Manuscripts

    Published 12-1-2021

    Individually ventilated cage (IVC) systems are the standard for housing laboratory rodents, and, while research publications commonly refer to the use of IVCs in rodent-based studies, there are considerable differences in their mechanical design and operation that make a generalized, catch-all term problematic. This ambiguity has significant implications in certain research fields for ensuring consistency and the need to reproduce findings. As a result, a growing number of researchers are proposing inclusion of key details in the materials and methods section of published manuscripts to clarify the wide array of available IVC technologies, operating configurations, and performance variables.

  • Unum Transitions to Universal Systematic Floor Plan with No Private Offices

    Sweeping Transformation Offers Flexibility, Supports Remote Work, Frees Up Real Estate

    Published 11-10-2021

    An aggressive workplace transformation to an open floorplate with no private offices, implemented across 1 million-plus sf in three locations, allowed Unum Group to consolidate about 40 percent of its worldwide real estate portfolio, turning the vacated space into $53 million in sub-leasing revenue over the next 10 years. Despite the consolidation, the refurbished office buildings are equipped with a raft of appealing amenities, from coffee bars, micromarkets, and cafeterias to fitness centers, quiet rooms, and gaming areas.