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Salvage Process in Pictures: West Experiment Station

20 Dec 2016 by

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Physical Sciences Building (PSB) project includes the recreation of West Experiment Station (WES), a 19th Century research laboratory and one of the University’s oldest buildings. Unfortunately, the WES is structurally unsound, due to weak mortar in the building’s structural bearing walls. To save the building, the project dismantles the WES, […]

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Making and Manufacturing – from CNC to cGMP

12 Dec 2016 by

Does the spirit of making have synergies with the demands of manufacturing? Yes, the synergies are evident in the advanced technologies employed in both maker spaces and production facilities. We see an exploration of materials and processes in maker space that impacts highly-automated manufacturing facilities in unexpected ways. There is a beautiful book now circulating […]

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Cleanrooms: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

17 Nov 2016 by

“Cleanrooms” are highly specialized research environments with intense need for particulate control.  Cleanrooms often have additional extreme needs, such as humidity sensitive processes or corrosive exhausts.  As seen in the above photo, cleanrooms can have photo sensitive processes requiring specialized and/or high intensity lighting. The most effective EEMs for Cleanrooms are those that target airflow […]

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Teaching Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

01 Nov 2016 by

“Teaching” labs are a unique subset of the other lab typologies.  Their energy use mirrors that of their research counterparts, but with some very significant differences.  Teaching labs are, generally speaking, controlled environments with scheduled activity times and durations; known ingredients and processes; and (mostly) known outcomes.  This controlled environment allows building designers and engineers […]

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Top5 sustainability Chemistry

Chemistry Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

21 Oct 2016 by

“Chemistry” labs have heavy chemical use and many fumehoods.  Their energy use is dominated by the need to heat, cool, and move huge amounts of air, to supply fumehood makeup air demand, ventilated cabinets, and / or specialized processes. The laboratory fumehood is a safety device designed to protect its user from exposure to hazardous […]

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Biology / Pharmaceutical Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

28 Jan 2016 by

“Biology” and “Pharmaceutical” Labs have moderate chemical use and few fume hoods.  Their energy use is dominated by the need to heat, cool, and move huge amounts of air, to maintain the required “Lab Air Change Rate”.  The Air Change Rate is a worker safety requirement specified by building codes and standards, and enforced by […]

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Physics / Engineering Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

13 Jan 2016 by

“Physics” and “Engineering” style labs, though different in their research focus, share many design characteristics. Labs for these disciplines vary wildly in their needs, from “office” type spaces containing only light computing, to highly intensive controlled environment rooms with multiple, expensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services. Design requirements could include low structure-borne vibration, low acoustical […]

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University and Industry Joint R&D: A Benchmarking Trip Discovery

07 Jan 2016 by

I started my 2015 European benchmarking tour with a notion last November of visiting some of the physics labs I had been reading about in Technology Review and R&D e-zines. My colleagues and I have designed many physics and nanotechnology labs over the last few years, and I was intrigued by what seems to be […]

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Top5 sustainability Library

Library: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

28 Dec 2015 by

“Library” spaces have a similar energy use profile as offices, but with some critical differences. Spaces in this group include large open areas of widely varying character, from traditional book storage stacks, to new collaborative learning environments, to spaces for computing and audiovisual interaction. The majority of library spaces are designed around human comfort, supporting […]

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Cleanroom Showcase: MEMS

17 Dec 2015 by

At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity to enroll in MIT course 6.152J Micro Nano Process Technologies. To spend a week in a bunny suit, learning about the process tools and cleanroom operations was an incredible learning experience. Over the course of the week, we fabricated […]

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Top5 sustainability Maker Space

Maker Spaces / Innovation Labs: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

15 Dec 2015 by

“Maker Spaces” and “Innovation Labs” are broad group of flexible research and learning environments, from “office” type spaces containing only light computing, to machine shops, to highly flexible open research labs.  Energy use is generally driven by equipment or process needs, environmental controls, and or provisions for future flexibility. The most effective EEMs for Maker […]

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Will Faculty Sacrifice to Create Swing Space?

09 Dec 2015 by

The first question higher education architects and planners ask when faced with a space problem is “does the campus have a swing space?” The answer is usually, “Are you kidding?” and then, the only alternative is new construction. Few campuses have an inventory of swing space to house a program while a building is being […]

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Office / Conference / Classroom: “Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

02 Dec 2015 by

“Offices”, “conference” spaces, and “classrooms” share a similar energy profile. Spaces in this group include rooms for one individual, up to small groups of as many as 50 people. Spaces are designed around human comfort and productivity, supporting individual work, group interaction, and collaborative learning. Energy use is generally driven by the needs of human […]

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“Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

23 Nov 2015 by

In 2014, Wilson Architects had more than 1.2 million gross square feet under design, including many types of buildings, large and small. These projects are predicted to use 58.5% less energy than comparable existing buildings of similar types.  Wilson Architects’ projects were far more efficient than the average of all projects reported for the AIA […]

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University of Pittsburgh UPitt Levy Lab

A user’s perspective: the ‘open’ lab

04 Sep 2015 by

Designers often associate the term “open lab” with ballroom style suites created for mobility and flexibility among larger user groups. Examples of this typology include the chemistry labs of the Chevron Annex at the University of Pittsburgh and the multi-disciplinary suites of the Life Science Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Principle Investigators, on the other […]

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Clean, Quiet & Consistent: design approaches for contemporary physics labs

28 Aug 2015 by

The July/August edition of Laboratory Design Newsletter includes the editorial  “Clean, Quiet & Consistent: design approaches for contemporary physics labs”.  The article is published as a follow-up to a presentation given with Professor Patrick Irvin of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute at this year’s Lab Design Conference. While presenting the environmental parameters of contemporary research facilities, questions […]

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Bunny Suit Cleanroom Blog

Cleanroom Showcase: MOSCAP

20 Apr 2015 by

At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity to enroll in MIT course 6.152J Micro Nano Process Technologies. To spend a week in a bunny suit, learning about the process tools and cleanroom operations was an incredible learning experience. Over the course of the week, we fabricated […]

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Bunny Suit Cleanroom Blog

Cleanroom Showcase: A Week In A Bunny Suit

30 Mar 2015 by

As architects, we need to understand how people will use the spaces we design. When it comes to designing a leading-edge research facility like MIT.nano, the better we can understand the research, the better we can design for it. At the invitation of Vicky Diadiuk and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), I had the opportunity […]

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An EPIC Example of Eminent Domain

25 Sep 2014 by

Last winter, we celebrated the grand opening of the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) at Boston University. Located at 744-750 Commonwealth Ave, the newly renovated facility provides highly visible and highly valuable space for engineering product development and manufacturing. We spent several years researching, programming, and designing the facility to thrive within the framework of a […]

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Five Ways to Right-Size Energy Efficiency in Cleanrooms

22 Jul 2014 by

Energy efficiency has become a priority in architectural design; and as a result, energy consumption has reduced astronomically for academic and office buildings. Yet, high performance facilities are lagging behind. The question is – why? Simply put – cleanrooms are energy hogs. The amount of energy required to run high-performance facilities is an order of […]

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One Hundred Years of Vibration Isolation

21 Jul 2014 by

We recently completed a comprehensive series of renovations for the Mid-Campus Complex at the University of Pittsburgh. In my research into the history of the Mid-Campus Complex, I came across one of the original press releases for the opening of Allen Hall, one of the five buildings we worked on as part of our project. […]

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