Space Use

  • Boston CollegeMerkert Chemistry Center


    Boston College has renovated 6,500 sf of undergraduate teaching laboratories in the Merkert Chemistry Building to create state-of-the-art learning environments that support strong interactive relationships between instructors, teaching assistants, and students.

  • Culture Drives Collaboration; Space Design Enhances It


    Space doesn’t drive an organization’s culture, but when thoughtfully designed, it will enhance and support the work.

  • Streamlining the Research Approval Process


    The Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research (CAPCR) is a web-based application that streamlines the approval process required to conduct research using human subjects. Designed to help researchers and hospital staff navigate the process of coordinating and tracking clinical research within a hospital system, CAPCR gives an institution time to plan for the infrastructure a line of research will necessitate, and to mitigate any associated safety hazards. CAPCR automates the approval process, avoids duplication, and creates an online repository for study-related information, allowing faster approval times and greater access to information. It also eliminates the need for paper application forms, helps researchers ensure they have the necessary approvals for their studies, and provides an efficient way to obtain authorizations from multiple departments and track approvals online. The system is being marketed as a tool for use in other hospitals.

  • Genentech’s Data-Driven Space Planning Model Maximizes Effectiveness While Reducing Operating Costs


    Genentech will apply an innovative, data-driven space-optimization model when it opens its newest 250,000-sf office building in 2015. The facility’s headcount will exceed seating capacity, and space will be assigned to groups but not to individuals within the group.

  • A Collaborative, Flexible Science Building Designed for the Unknown


    The Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES) at the University of Washington demonstrates that flexible university science facilities can encourage collaboration and accommodate unknown occupants, but be mindful of the need for a variety of dedicated meeting spaces and private areas, a

  • Designing New Metrics to Measure Interaction


    New metrics for designing scientific research space measure the predictors of human interaction in a research environment.

  • Creating Efficient Flows in Nanotechnology Facilities


    Flexibility is paramount in any research facility, but particularly in nanotechnology, which is evolving so quickly that a design can become outdated by the time construction is complete. Nanotechnology facilities also present unique requirements with their sensitive equipment and cleanrooms.

  • Space Strategies: Consulting the Experts


    In the concluding Open Forum/Town Hall session of Tradeline’s Space Strategies 2013 Conference, moderator Derek Westfall, president of Tradeline, and subject matter commentators Michael Sheeres, executive director of infrastructure for University Health Network; Nathan Corser, d

  • Space Syntax Configures Workplace for Collaborative Interaction


    Despite the considerable effort expended to incorporate inviting hallways and gathering spaces in the workplace, research shows that the most productive collaboration happens when at least one of the collaborators is sitting at a desk or conference table, says Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, Ph.D., s

  • Repurposing Outdated Buildings to Create Animal Facilities


    Aging, inadequate buildings can be redeveloped to create modern animal facilities as long as the design and construction team is armed with the right tools: an accurate assessment of the existing structure and systems, a clear understanding of the challenges they face and the programmatic and bud