Operating Cost

  • 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.

  • Core Facilities Advance Biomedical Research


    In an era of shrinking research funding and growing reliance on complex technologies, a centralized core model resolves a host of issues faced by sizable institutions like University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada’s largest research hospital.

  • Mapping Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Boundaries in 3-D BIM


    Just as building information modeling (BIM) can prevent contractors from laying one exhaust duct in the path of another, BIM can ensure that research-critical tools, sensitive to electromagnetic interference (EMI), are not destined for a room next to the elevator.

  • Ferris State University Creates Shimadzu Core Laboratory


    Ferris State University will open the Shimadzu Core Laboratory for Academic and Research Excellence in fall of 2015.

  • Yale University Kline Chemistry Laboratory


    A gut renovation of the Kline Chemistry Laboratory has created a highly energy-efficient facility, with open work spaces and more than 60 high-performance fume hoods, the highest density of any building on campus.

  • Extending the Long-Term Viability of Animal Facilities


    Flexible room configurations, durable finishes and equipment, and highly sensitive airflow control and monitoring can extend the sustainable life of animal facilities and vivaria, where the research and biosecurity needs can change repeatedly over the course of several years.

  • Johns Hopkins University Leases Baltimore Research Facility


    Johns Hopkins University will lease 115,000 sf in a new laboratory building under construction in Baltimore.