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  • Improved Workplace Ventilation Shown in Studies to Double Cognitive Function Scores


    Because it’s expensive to heat and cool outdoor air drawn into a building, workspaces tend to be ventilated only enough to meet ASHRAE minimums or achieve a LEED credit.

  • Pfizer Builds Global Biotechnology Center in China


    Pfizer broke ground in late June of 2016 on the $350 million Global Biotechnology Center in China.

  • JHL Biotech Opens Modular Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility


    JHL Biotech opened a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in May of 2016 in Wuhan, China.

  • Mercy Health Integrates Lean Principles in Muskegon Hospital Design


    Mercy Health began construction in September of 2016 on a $271 million medical center in Muskegon, Mich.

  • OHSU Makes Scientific Cores Transparent, Efficient, and Financially Sustainable


    By consolidating 14 scientific cores under one organizational umbrella, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has increased the visibility of cores across its campus, improved operational efficiency, and established a system of internal and external review, all while coming in under budge

  • Major Trends in Research Facility Planning and Design


    A remarkable evolution in the tools and methods of research is driving a host of trends in laboratory planning and design, including fewer permanently assigned offices, a decided prioritization of computational over “wet” space, and an emphasis on core facilities and shared equipment, according t

  • Are Colleges and Universities Building Science Facilities They Won’t Be Able to Operate?


    Money is becoming available for new construction and major renovations of college and university science buildings, but experts and observers in the industry see a major planning flaw in many of these projects: They are moving forward with no assessment as to whether or not owners have the skille

  • Core Facilities Pay Off in Investigation Results, Retention, and Funding


    Universities, independent research institutes, and medical centers looking to improve the quality of their research, recruit and retain staff, and compete for funding increasingly focus their attention on establishing core facilities, despite some concerns in the scientific community about where these core facilities are located and possible conflicts between the research groups vying to use them. Almost regardless of discipline, researchers chafe under budgetary constraints—no small problem in the “publish or perish” environment of biomedicine. The tools necessary for even the most basic of protocols are expensive, with cutting-edge equipment running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is hardly surprising that new or remodeled facilities benefit from centralizing certain shared resources, such as imaging instruments, microscopy, cold storage, and animal facilities. But those resistant to the concept cite reservations about establishing accountability, prioritizing purchases, and ensuring equitable access. Do the benefits of core facilities outweigh these potential pitfalls?  

  • Operating Principles for Core Facilities


    Specialized biomedical core facilities accelerate scientific research and make the most of funding resources, but it takes considerable expertise in both technology and business to attain these results.

  • Centralized Space Database Improves Strategic and Operational Planning


    A total systems approach to space management is allowing the University of Michigan Medical School to make better-informed and more objective decisions in planning for growth within 4 million gsf of existing facilities in Ann Arbor, Mich.