The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult opened the Catapult Innovation Centre in December of 2019 in Newport, Wales.
- Academic Workplace Evolution: How Universities Are Rethinking Spaces for Faculty and Staff
- Using Data-Driven Design to Produce Research-Supported, Customized Client Solutions
- Five Space Planning Principles to Avoid the Inefficiencies of Research Program Turnover
- University of Michigan/Ford Robotics Building Designed for Research and Recruitment
- Designing Academic Research Facilities for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Combining Research, Medicine, and Athletics to Create New Translational Models
- LAB2050: Imagining the Lab of the Half Century
- First Engineering-Based Medical School Integrates Disciplines with an Eye to the Future
- Adding Manufacturing to a Pharmaceutical Research Lab
- Designing Diverse Learning Environments and Maker Spaces
Foxconn Industrial Internet will begin construction in fall of 2019 on the 261,600-sf Smart Manufacturing Center in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
ABB began construction in September of 2019 on a $150 million robotics hub in the Kangqiao district of Shanghai.
Tulane University opened The Commons in August of 2019 in New Orleans. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi, the $55 million facility enhances campus connectivity by providing a dynamic gathering place for students, faculty, and staff.
Swansea University is planning to construct the Center for Integrative Semiconductor Materials in Wales in the United Kingdom.
The term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR) was coined in 2016 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe the exponential transformation society and commerce are experiencing due to converging breakthroughs in numerous fields, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, the internet of things (IoT), and quantum computing. While this latest advancement is to some degree an extension of the third revolution (aka: The Digital Revolution), 4IR is considered a new era because of the unprecedented speed, scope, and systems impact of the coming changes. It is evolving at an exponential rate rather than a linear one and is expected to disrupt entire systems of production, management, transportation, and governance on a global scale. In response, a new breed of interdisciplinary research facility is emerging, as academic institutions try to anticipate training students for the unforeseen demands of the 4IR.
A two-year, $55 million renovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Everitt Laboratory has transformed the four-story, 136,763-sf building into the first engineering-based medical school in the country, with a focus on medical simulation, research, and instruction. With final completion in June 2018 and the first medical classes starting in July, the Carle Illinois Medical School’s state-of-the-art features enable bioengineering students and future medical professionals to engage in project/problem-based learning and maximize their medical training by using the latest simulation and virtual reality technology.
IBM is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute to create the AI Hardware Center in Marcy, N.Y.
Fujifilm Electronic Materials broke ground in March of 2019 on an 85,000-sf expansion of its Mesa campus. The project will provide five new buildings for research, development, manufacturing, warehousing, and administration. Completion is expected in early 2020.