• DuPont Facilities Management Consolidates Responsibilities


    In April of 2006 DuPont announced that the management of all office sites worldwide would be consolidated under the DuPont Facilities Services & Real Estate (FS&RE) organization.

  • Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Commissions ABSL-3 Lab


    Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), a private biomedical research organization in Albuquerque, N.M., recently opened an advanced 9,500-sf ABSL-3 aerobiology laboratory after an intensive commissioning and validation process. The facility is used to study aerosolized pathogens on the CDC's Select Agent List and for vaccine efficacy testing. Built on a strict 17-month timeline, the facility is subject to exacting regulatory requirements. To ensure that the facility would operate as expected and meet all safety requirements, the organization applied an intensive inspection and testing process dubbed, "CVQx" (commissioning, validation, and qualification).

  • Solutions to Managing Construction Cost Escalation


    Too many owners have recently discovered that construction budgets developed prior to 2004 are inadequate. Add in the effects of last year's hurricane season plus the cost of petroleum-based products, and capital project decision-making has reached a crisis point.

  • Sigma Aldrich's SAFC Unit Completes Madison Expansion


    SAFC, a custom chemical manufacturing unit of Sigma Aldrich, has completed a $12-million expansion of its Madison, Wisc., facility.

  • Institutes for Biomedical Research


    Recognized with the first-ever Laboratory of the Year for Adaptive Reuse award by R&D Magazine, the new global research headquarters for Novartis is a feast for the eyes. Formerly a 1927 historic candy factory, the 500,000-sf building in Cambridge, Mass., offers the most advanced biomedical labs available to 650 researchers. Novartis focuses on research advancements in human genetics, developmental model systems, imaging technologies, and chemical diversity, among others.

  • Life Science and Engineering Building


    Researchers are continuing to move in to Boston University's Life Science and Engineering Building, recently completed in April 2005. The new 187,000-sf facility houses research laboratories dedicated to the fields of biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, and bioinformatics. Forty-five permanent faculty members will perform university, private, and grant-driven research there, including research funded by a Whitaker Foundation grant for biomedical engineering and a $10-million grant from NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study new methodologies to produce novel chemical libraries for biological screening.

  • Queen's University Scores High Marks with New Chemistry Lab


    Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, is scoring high marks with Chernoff Hall, its new fume hood-intensive, multi-use chemistry lab. The facility, which received a "Lab of the Year" high honors award from R&D Magazine for innovation and safety, is the first building in North America designed around the use of controlled air volume (CAV) fume hoods. The $57-million (USD), five-story complex opened in summer 2002 and houses the University's chemistry department, providing laboratory space for more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 120 researchers.

  • Celanese Corp. Relocates Global Headquarters to Texas


    Celanese Corp. is relocating its global headquarters to Farmers Branch, Texas from Frankfurt, Germany. The industrial chemicals company has leased an additional 30,000 sf of office space for 12 years at its existing 185,000-sf Dallas-area site.

  • University of Washington Responds to Unexpected Impact of NIH Grant


    When it comes to researching biohazards for the federal government, be careful what you wish for. The contracts are lucrative--the University of Washington has secured a $50-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has applied for another worth $25 million--but the money comes with tradeoffs and compromises that university researchers and administrators need to consider carefully. Even cutting-edge facilities might require upgrades, security doubtlessly will require costly enhancements, and everyone involved will need to accept a significant culture change that can be uncomfortable for those accustomed to working in the open atmosphere of university research.

  • Six Sigma Analysis Improves Facilities Management Processes at NCI


    More than half of the 110 buildings located on the 68-acre campus of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Frederick, Md., are at least a half century old. Sixty-seven of the buildings date back to the 1940s and 1950s, while only 13 have been built since 1990. A campus-wide revitalization, estimated to cost between $1 billion and $3 billion, is expected to occur within the next five to 10 years. In the meantime, the aging structures present facilities management challenges for SAIC-Frederick Inc., a subsidiary of Science Applications International Corp. Until new buildings are constructed to meet modern standards, SAIC-Frederick continues to find ways to maximize efficiency of the existing structures.