• Impact of 2006 International Building Code on Facilities Design


    The International Building Code (IBC), developed in the late 1990s by the International Code Council (ICC) and updated on a three-year cycle, is the most widely adopted building code in the country.

  • HEPA Filters Still the Standard


    The ubiquitous HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter has evolved since it was introduced 40 years ago: New materials can be used as alternatives to the glass-fiber filter medium, for example, and housings have improved for ease of testing and maintenance.

  • Interdisciplinary Approach Generates Better Research


    The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine continue to promote interdisciplinary research as the best way to solve science's most perplexing problems in fields that were unimaginable a generation ago.

  • Yale University's Chemistry Research Building Employs Innovative Energy-Saving Measures


    Laboratory buildings are notorious energy hogs, and organic chemistry research laboratory buildings are particular offenders.

  • Instrument-Driven Lab Design Emphasizes Flexibility


    The proliferation of bench-mounted instruments and large imaging tools now essential for conducting groundbreaking research is driving a new approach to lab design as facility planners increasingly opt for solutions based on equipment adaptability.

  • UCLA Plans New High-Throughput Lab to Handle Avian Flu


    The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health is in the programming stages for a new high-speed, high-volume laboratory network capable of quickly analyzing and processing high quantities of biological samples. The network will expedite widespread collection and testing of influenza samples and will enable public health experts to track diseases in near real time, dramatically shortening the time needed to produce effective vaccines.

  • Research Facility Designs for Long-Term, Economical Flexibility


    Constructing adaptable research facilities requires an adherence to design principles that espouse flexibility as a key ingredient to meeting tomorrow's needs. The degree of flexibility that must be built into a facility is largely contingent upon the type of programs and research being conducted, especially in light of the ever-changing nature of science. Other factors that must be considered when determining the degree of flexibility required include space management issues, operational and budgetary concerns, the building layout, program complexity, functional requirements, and infrastructure.

  • Documentation a Must with Hazardous Chemicals


    It isn't enough to simply know what chemicals you have, or even to safeguard those chemicals inside a properly designed building. It also is critical to document and inventory those chemicals in a Hazardous Material Management Plan, an eight-page form included in NFPA 1, Annex D.

  • A Preview of UNC Chapel Hill's Carolina Physical Science Complex


    For a snapshot of the changing face of academic science, look no further than the series of buildings going up on the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Slated for final completion in 2010, the multi-phase, 460,000-sf Carolina Physical Science Complex (CPSC) will provide the infrastructure to support the latest directions in scientific research, whether nanomedicine or astrophysics.

  • Planning and Design of Science Facilities for the Genome Revolution


    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently published a guide called the Genomics:GTL Roadmap: Systems Biology for Energy and Environment which outlines the science and technology infrastructure requirements for the next wave of the genome revolution. The roadmap, the result of dozens of workshops and the participation of hundreds of scientists, is aimed at accelerating systems biology research, especially in the area of bio-energy, with the objective of reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels by developing viable renewable energy sources. The roadmap details the equipment, research, computational needs, and facilities required to support the DOE's clean energy, carbon management, and environmental clean-up missions in the coming decades.