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U.S. Department of Energy Plans Second Target Station at Oak Ridge National Lab

Published 7/19/2024

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has selected Hensel Phelps to deliver the Second Target Station (STS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Part of a significant upgrade of the Spallation Neutron Source, the new facility will provide transformational neutron capabilities that will advance scientific discovery and solve emerging societal challenges. The development represents an investment of up to $3 billion and will be built over the course of eight years.

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Brown University Begins Site Work for Integrated Life Sciences Building

Published 7/18/2024

Brown University began demolition in summer of 2024 to make way for the Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) in Providence’s Jewelry District. Standing seven stories high, the 300,000-sf facility will provide six levels of wet and dry laboratories for research programs in biology, medicine, neuroscience, bioengineering, and public health. TenBerke and Ballinger designed the center with a publicly accessible ground floor that will offer a forum, gallery, and café.

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Virginia Tech Opens Hitt Hall

Published 7/17/2024

Virginia Tech will open the $85 million Hitt Hall in August of 2024. Providing 33,000 sf of dedicated space for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, the 99,429-sf facility also integrates leading-edge academic spaces and dining amenities. The three-story structure features the Innovation Lab, a high-bay venue where students can work on large-scale projects, with the surrounding Innovation Plaza supplying additional capacity for outdoor instruction and demonstrations.

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Texas State University Builds STEM Facility

Published 7/9/2024

Texas State University will begin construction in August of 2024 on the  $140 million STEM Classroom Building in San Marcos. Designed by Ayers Saint Gross and PGAL, the eight-story, 168,000-gsf facility will house the departments of mathematics and computer science, as well as providing instructional venues, class labs, departmental offices, and research labs for several other academic disciplines.

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BXP Completes Waltham R&D Facility

Published 7/8/2024

BXP recently completed a 113,000-rsf innovation hub in Waltham, Mass. Designed by TRIA, 103 CityPoint aims to reshape corporate culture for science and technology tenants, energizing its workforce and accelerating growth. The flexible flour-story structure provides 80 percent laboratory and office space, with 20 percent accommodating a double-height cGMP manufacturing area spanning approximately 25,000 sf.

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The Davis Companies Completes Cambridge Research Facility

Published 7/2/2024

The Davis Companies and Invesco Real Estate completed construction in June of 2024 on a 215,000-sf research facility in Cambridge. Designed by Jacobs, 101 Smith Place is the third structure in a new life sciences cluster called The Quad and offers 161,616 rsf of Class A lab and office space. Features include:

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Montana State University Builds Computer Science Facility

Published 7/1/2024

Montana State University is constructing Gianforte Hall to accommodate world-class programs in computer science, technology, and related fields of study. Designed by Lake Flato and Hennebery Eddy Architects, the 58,000-nsf building will provide teaching and research labs for robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, software development, and augmented and virtual reality.

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University of Kentucky Breaks Ground on Agricultural Research Building

Published 6/28/2024

The University of Kentucky broke ground in June of 2024 on the $285 million Agricultural Research Building in Lexington. Designed by BHDP Architecture and Flad Architects, the 263,000-sf facility will serve as the central research hub for the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment.

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Merck Constructs Quality Control Facility

Published 6/27/2024

Merck is expanding its Darmstadt headquarters campus with the construction of a $66 million quality control facility for MilliporeSigma, the company’s life science business. Spanning approximately 105,000 sf, the four-story building will provide GMP labs and cleanrooms for the testing of medicines and biological agents. The flexible structure is designed to enhance operational efficiencies and will bring 135 employees from different departments together in one collaborative location.

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UC Berkeley Plans Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub

Published 6/25/2024

The University of California, Berkeley is planning to construct the Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub as part of a new downtown innovation zone. Designed by Gensler, the five-story, 145,000-sf facility will provide wet and dry laboratories, collaboration spaces, conference rooms, and offices. The robust structure will also include flexible scale-up suites for the development of renewable energy solutions, carbon-capture technologies, and greener building materials and agricultural practices. 

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Builds Morgan Center for Research & Innovation

Published 6/24/2024

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is constructing the $480 million Morgan Center for Research & Innovation on its Schuylkill River waterfront campus. Situated next to the existing Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, the 350,000-sf tower will provide state-of-the-art labs and core facilities where investigators and clinicians from different disciplines can engage in collaborative discovery.

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WSU Vancouver Dedicates Life Sciences Building

Published 6/21/2024

Washington State University Vancouver dedicated the $63.8 million Life Sciences Building in June of 2024. Designed by SRG + CannonDesign, the 60,000-sf facility collocates the university’s basic, translational, applied, and clinical health programs in a single integrated location. The three-story structure provides faculty research suites, classrooms and teaching labs for biology and chemistry, and specialized learning venues for courses in nursing, psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and molecular biology.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Builds Sustainable Engineering Laboratories

Published 6/20/2024

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is constructing the Sustainable Engineering Laboratories, a national hub for clean energy innovation. Featuring flexible, multimodal learning venues, the $125 million facility was designed by Payette to provide technology-rich environments for immersive teaching and research programs. The vibrant structure will house the Energy Transition Institute, the Wind Energy Center, the UMass Transportation Center, and labs for autonomous vehicle technologies, energy storage, and ocean energy systems.

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UMass Chan Medical School Opens New Education and Research Building

Published 6/17/2024

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School opened the $325 million New Education and Research Building in June of 2024 in Worcester. ZGF Architects and ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge designed the 350,000-sf project to drive discovery in gene therapy, molecular medicine, and the neurosciences, as well as housing the departments of neurology and neurobiology.

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Oregon State University Breaks Ground on Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex

Published 6/12/2024

Oregon State University broke ground in April of 2024 on the $213 million Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex in Corvallis. Designed by ZGF Architects, the 143,000-sf facility will accommodate team-based research programs in semiconductors, materials science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. These next-generation technologies will provide new solutions to global challenges in climate science, oceanography, and water resources. 

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