Space Use

  • Transforming Existing Spaces into Active Learning Classrooms

    2-3-2016

    Research confirms that active and engaging university classrooms improve learning outcomes, but what features produce the most positive—and cost-effective—results?

  • Moffitt Cancer Center Renovates for New Research Core Facility

    1-27-2016

    With many biomedical organizations considering consolidating research equipment into core facilities, “renovate to innovate” should be a guiding principle, according to professionals from DPR Construction and Gensler. The design for a recent renovation undertaken at H.

  • Major Trends in Research Facility Planning and Design

    1-6-2016

    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

  • The "New Rutgers": A Troika of Facilities, Finance, and Research

    12-16-2015

    In the largest higher education restructuring in the nation’s history, the facilities group at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elevated to a leadership role, taking its place alongside the offices of finance and research as part of an administrative troika whose heads now report

  • A Process to Reclaim and Reallocate Underutilized, Underperforming Research Space

    12-9-2015

    Faced with aging buildings, decreased national funding, no buildable space on the urban campus, plus new research grants that required additional lab and bench space, and a medical school reorganization to consolidate eight basic science departments to four while adding two department chairs and

  • Distinguishing Features of High-Performing Shared Core Labs

    12-2-2015

    Today’s high-performance laboratories can be categorized into three different “platforms,” or core facilities, each with a unique set of metrics and key features that set them apart in terms of productivity, ability to support emerging programs, and economy of operation (both capital and energy).

  • Benchmarks and Metrics for Five Basic STEM Lab Types

    11-11-2015

    The renewed emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education has forced colleges and universities to develop more project-based learning spaces, but critical details need to be addressed in order to maximize the success of the five basic lab types found in great STEM facili

  • Building Internal Consensus for Shared Core Research Facilities

    11-4-2015

    The Shared Resource Center, which will provide new lab space for four existing core facilities at the H.

  • Defining the New Lab of the Future

    10-14-2015

    The phrase “lab of the future” typically refers to a flexible, open floorplan designed to promote collaboration and cross-pollination between researchers. But these buzzwords have been used for decades, with open labs dating back to the mid-’60s and flexible casework to the mid-’80s.

  • Increased Daylight and Modular, Open Space Improve Outlook and Productivity

    9-23-2015

    Diverse projects in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland demonstrate that integrating flexible infrastructure, collaborative work styles, daylight, and sustainability all contribute to a “health-positive” scientific research environment, a concept derived from neurological and behavioral research i