• Novartis AG Renovates Historic Factory for Biomedical Research


    Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG has renovated the historic 1927 New England Candy Co. factory in Cambridge to create a 500,000-sf biomedical research facility.

  • University of Florida Develops Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology


    The University of Florida is developing the 23,500-gsf Center of Excellence for Regenerative Heath Biotechnology in Alachua County, Fla.

  • New Labs of the Decade


    If there's a hallmark trait distinguishing the latest lab facilities, it would have to be diversity. Each new building is a one-off design that, while borrowing heavily from its predecessors, is custom-configured to meet specific occupant needs, according to Richard Rietz, Ph.D., a long-time lab consultant based in northern California.

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Breaks Ground on Bioengineering Center


    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) broke ground on June 27, 2005 on a life sciences and bioengineering center in Worcester, Mass.

  • Nabi Opens Boca Raton Vaccine Plant


    Nabi BioPharmaceuticals dedicated its new 12,000-sf vaccine manufacturing facility in Boca Raton, Fla., in June, 2005. Sited at the company's existing headquarters, the $20-million facility will produce StaphVax, a vaccine for the prevention of hospital-born staph infections.

  • Genitope Relocates to Fremont


    Biotechnology firm Genitope is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Redwood City to 220,0000 sf in Fremont, Calif.

  • Planning and Structuring Large Capital Projects


    Large capital projects commonly share four key characteristics: high front-end capital intensity, long lead times, dependence upon specialized technology, and large unit size--indicators of the ‘lumpiness' and inflexibility of such projects. Projects exhibiting such characteristics tend to face governance challenges arising from unusual contracting arrangements or closed processes of decision-making. Examples of such projects include many high-profile endeavors--often called "mega projects--such as the Channel Tunnel, and offshore oil exploration and production in the North Sea. Based on extensive research over the past 15 years, Dr. Audley Genus, senior lecturer in Technology Policy and Strategy at the University of Newcastle on Tyne Business School, diagnoses these characteristic, but sometimes poorly understood, challenges and offers guidance on how to avoid the problems and costs they can cause.

  • Bayer Completes Norwood Lab Facility


    Bayer Healthcare has completed a 100,000-sf office and laboratory facility in Norwood, Mass.

  • Ford Motor Company Initiates Era of Sustainable Manufacturing


    Ford Motor Company, of Detroit, recently opened the doors on a $2-billion brownfield renovation of its historic Rouge manufacturing facility in Dearborn, Mich. The landmark project signifies a new era of environmentally sustainable manufacturing for Ford. In addition to housing the world's most advanced automated truck production plant, the renovated site also features unique green design elements including the world's largest living roof, the nation's first Gold LEED™-rated building under the new LEED certification criteria, and a certified wildlife habitat.

  • Health Professions Building


    The 172,000-sf, $50 million Health Professions Building at Central Michigan University is considered one of the most technologically advanced teaching facilities in the country. The building is designed to serve as an experimental lab to accelerate learning and educational solutions, an incubator for new ideas focused on developing authentic student-centered education, a portal for creating customized educational experiences, and a test bed for evaluating and analyzing the effectiveness of learning strategies and space designs.