Operating Cost

  • White Paper: O&M Headcount for New Science Buildings — What’s the Number?

    3-13-2019

    Too many expensive new science buildings are failing to meet their critical operational requirements. The number one cause of this costly and damaging outcome is a common yet preventable gap between 'build' and 'operate' that results in post-construction O&M staffing being too little, too late, and unprepared. But wait, there’s an algorithm for that!

  • Boden Type Data Center One Opens in Sweden

    3-2-2019

    Boden Type Data Center One opened in February of 2019 in Boden, Sweden.

  • York University Opens Business School Expansion

    2-16-2019

    York University opened the $50 million Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building in Toronto in January of 2019.

  • Mitsubishi Plans R&D Facility for Zero Energy Building Technologies

    2-15-2019

    Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is planning to build a $33 million R&D facility for the creation of technologies for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) in Kamakura, Japan.

  • National University of Singapore Opens Net-Zero Energy Building

    2-11-2019

    The National University of Singapore opened the six-story, 92,000-sf Net-Zero Energy Building in January of 2019.

  • College of the Atlantic Plans Center for Human Ecology

    2-4-2019

    College of the Atlantic will begin construction in spring of 2019 on the $13 million Center for Human Ecology in Bar Harbor, Maine. Designed by GO Logic and Susan T.

  • Eastern Michigan University Opens Strong Hall

    1-24-2019

    Eastern Michigan University opened the renovated and expanded Strong Hall in Ypsilanti in January of 2019.

  • Managing Transformational Campus Renovation

    1-23-2019

    University of Michigan transformed Weiser Hall—a 1960s brick tower with floor after floor of double-loaded, concrete block corridors—into a dynamic and flexible “center of centers” that brings together international and interdisciplinary institutes and centers so they can share space, services, and ideas. The provost’s charge was to renovate the building to create the “academic workplace of the future.” With the help of brightspot strategy and Diamond Schmitt architects, the team accomplished that mission with a seven-step formula that yielded impressive results, including an average overall productivity savings of 4.26 hours per person per week, the equivalent of every unit being able to grow its staff by 10 percent at no cost.

  • Designing Space for Nomadic Workers

    1-16-2019

    More and more, workers aren’t going to an office and sitting at the same desk Monday through Friday.

  • Energy-Efficient, Sustainable, Cost-Effective Facilities Start with Asking the Right Questions Early

    12-5-2018

    Key questions asked during the planning process can drive the design of new and renovated research facilities, creating a high-performance, sustainable building with predictable operating costs. Questions from the building owner and stakeholders should focus on upfront costs, energy efficiency, long-term savings, safety, potential risks, construction materials, carbon reduction, zero waste, and performance vs. sustainability. For example: What energy efficiency measures should be explored? What safety strategies will have the most impact? What would it take to create a net zero lab?