• Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences (CIEMAS)


    Duke University's recently completed Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (CIEMAS) is the first project completed under the Pratt Vision 2010. This vision, spearheaded by the Pratt School of Engineering, aims to create a culture for interdisciplinary research and translational breakthroughs in engineering design, medicine, and basic and applied sciences. The goal of this vision is to develop new products, processes, diagnostic techniques, and therapies for improving the human condition and the environment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Corning Implements New Space Management Software


    Recognizing that facilities costs are second only to employee costs, Corning Incorporated has centralized real estate management as a corporate function, and aligned it with the Business Services Division. Integral to this initiative, a computer aided facilities management (CAFM) software application was implemented to centralize all Corning Real Estate (CRE) information. Corning also realized the potential of utilizing CAFM technology for detailed space planning and management. This integrated space management functionality has helped Corning reduce planning time by up to 70 percent and support data analysis that resulted in saving $3 million per year in operating costs, just by idling a building that wasn't fully utilized.

  • Life Sciences Institute


    The Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan is designed to be a collaboration hub for the disciplines of genetics, physiology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. The 235,000-sf building transforms an under-developed area of the campus and helps to connect the University's medical center with other science programs located in the center of the campus.

  • 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.

  • University of California Adopts System-Wide Green Building and Clean Energy Policy


    The University of California (UC) system has a new, system-wide set of policies for energy conservation and environmental sustainability. The new "Green Building and Clean Energy Policy" is the result of an 18-month planning process that saw an unusual degree of cooperation among university administration, faculty, and students. The policy, which tightens building design standards and includes ambitious but attainable goals for "green energy" production and purchasing, was approved by the UC president in June 2004 and went into effect on July 1st.

  • Sustainability at Stanford is More than Being Green


    Stanford University's recently implemented guidelines for sustainable buildings are emblematic of the desire to go beyond LEED™ compliance with a laundry list of "green" construction practices to incorporate the conservation of additional resources into a precisely defined project delivery process.

  • SSG in Action


    Although the ink is barely dry on its sustainability guidelines, Stanford has already had the opportunity to put them to the test. Here's an overview of three projects where sustainability measures have been deployed, even after reaching a substantial point in design or construction, and a peek at future plans.

  • MetroTech Chemicals Expands Charlotte Operations


    MetroTech Chemicals Inc. is expanding operations in Charlotte, N.C. Currently located in 17,000 sf, MetroTech plans to renovate its existing facility and construct an additional 20,000 sf of warehouse, production, office, and mezzanine space.