High Tech

  • New Mexico Tech Opens METTOP Facility


    The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has opened an electronics testing facility in Socorro, N.M. The MicroElectronics Testing, Technology & Obsolescence Program (METTOP) has now completed and occupied its 6,500-sf laboratory.

  • SBS Technologies Occupies Albuquerque Facility


    Embedded computer component maker SBS Technologies has relocated to its new $7-million office and assembly building in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • DuPont Facilities Services & Real Estate--From Burden Cost to Valued Business Partner


    DuPont is moving to a new model for managing its worldwide portfolio of laboratory and office space by transitioning its Facilities Services and Real Estate (FS&RE) function from a burden expense to a valued business partner.

  • Thales Avionics Completes Irvine Facility Upgrade


    Thales Avionics has completed the design and construction of a tenant improvement project for its two-story, 127,000-sf Irvine, Calif., facility.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.