Space Use

  • 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  • Repurposing Outdated Buildings to Create Animal Facilities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

  • Lab Flexibility Pays Off for University of Alaska Fairbanks


    The 101,800-gsf, $88.6 million Margaret Murie Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the capstone project of a new life sciences district designed to accommodate a boom in graduate students and research grants in the life sciences.

  • Population Served Drives FM Staffing Levels More Than Space


    The biggest factor in determining or predicting appropriate facilities management staffing levels is not the amount or type of space managed, but the size and type of the workforce served. This revelation, which contradicts widespread thought and practice, came to light in a new study of how facility management staffing models have changed over the past 10 years—a period that includes the Great Recession of 2008.

  • What's New in Academic Medical Health Science Centers?


    The following is a condensed transcript of a panel discussion that took place at Tradeline’s Academic Medical and Health Science Centers 2013 Conference. The panelists are Ian McDermott, senior director of MedRIST, University Health Network, and Scott Kelsey, managing principal at CO Architects. The moderator is Derek Westfall, president of Tradeline.

  • Leasing of Research Facilities Becoming More Prevalent in Coveted Urban Areas


    Lease arrangements for office and laboratory space have historically been mostly for smaller companies, but are now becoming increasingly popular as a way for large research institutions to find an entrée into or expand in congested and expensive urban centers quickly, cost-effectively, and with

  • 2014 Biocontainment Facilities Priorities


    The following is a compilation of responses to a survey that asked individuals responsible for planning, design, operations, and maintenance of high-containment facilities to rank their priorities for 2014 and make open-ended comments regarding those priorities.

  • Incorporating Lean Concepts in Space Planning


    A new approach to space planning based on Lean design concepts improves space utilization processes and helps reduce building and operating expenses for academic, research, and healthcare facilities by achieving maximum efficiency with minimum construction.

  • University of North Texas Implements Modular Construction


    The University of North Texas has partnered with Ramtech Building Systems on a modular construction project in Denton. The three-building installation provides 38,000 sf of instructional space, conference rooms, and faculty and administrative offices.