• Advances in Research Create New Challenges for Lab Designers


    Advances in supercomputing, imaging, analytical, and synthesis technologies, and multidisciplinary science are radically changing the facility needs of modern researchers. In order to stay at the forefront of emerging trends, it is now essential for scientists to have considerable amounts of computing power, the flexibility to incorporate a wide array of large high-tech tools with special requirements, and space programmed for collaboration among teams of investigators from diverse disciplines and institutions.

  • Kao Specialties Expands High Point Plant


    Kao Specialties Americas has completed a $13 million expansion of its plant in High Point, N.C. Doubling Kao's manufacturing capacity, the four-story, 18,000-sf facility produces polyester resin which is made into toner for printers, copiers, and fax machines. 

  • Laboratory Designs Differ by Discipline


    While the trend toward more hands-on learning and collaborative work in teaching laboratories is widespread, how those goals are achieved varies from discipline to discipline. Even the specialties within a field have different laboratory needs and therefore generate different designs.

  • Teaching Labs Stress Hands-On Learning and Mixed Use


    Undergraduate university and college laboratories more than ever before are being designed to stress hands-on learning, and to be inviting to the non-scientific community. Art and display cases fill the common areas, and the labs frequently are glassed in rather than walled off, making the on-going research visible to visitors and scientists alike. At the same time, the research is becoming more sophisticated, with the integration of media technology and large equipment previously reserved for graduate schools and professional labs.

  • ASU Creates Adaptable Buildings for Biodesign Life Sciences Research


    Arizona State University is facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering and science researchers with the construction of new biodesign facilities.

  • Health Canada Offers Certification Guidelines


    Containment laboratories in Canada are accustomed to using a team approach in order to obtain the necessary certification for startup and continued operation. Health Canada, the federal body that develops policy and enforces biosafety guidelines, knows how important it is for laboratories to have a third party involved from the beginning of the process to ensure successful certification.

  • United Biochemicals Expands in NY


    United Biochemicals is planning a 20,000-sf expansion of of manufacturing and warehousing operations at its existing 23,000-sf facility in Sanborn, N.Y. The $1.2-million project will enable the biochemical manufacturer to add 30 more jobs to its existing staff of 24 over the next

  • Keeping Vibrations at Bay


    It's not often that members of a facility design team have the opportunity to return to a finished building and assess their work, but vibration and acoustics expert Hal Amick did just that recently when he revisited the first nanotechnology project on which he consulted, Cornell University's Duffield Hall.

  • The Right and Wrong of Vibration Isolation


    In the course of his work as a vibration and acoustics consultant, Hal Amick, vice president of Colin Gordon & Associates in San Bruno, Calif., has assembled a photo album illustrating right and wrong approaches to vibration control.

  • UCLA Develops Advanced Small-Animal Imaging Suite


    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is developing a state-of-the-art small-animal imaging suite as part of the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), a 188,000-sf cross-disciplinary nanotech research facility currently under construction on the UCLA campus. The suite will provide researchers with a powerful set of imaging tools in one centralized location, but determining that location raises a new set of challenges for facility planners. While placing the suite inside the animal containment barrier makes it easier to conduct research without compromising test animals, it limits access by the rest of the research community, a significant issue given the interdisciplinary focus of CNSI and the cost and size of the imaging equipment.