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More Than Just a Pretty Face

June 10, 2015 11:30 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The developers of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) describe their project as “a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world.” With design by global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot, SAHMRI was the first project completed within the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

2015 Laboratory of the Year Vital Stats

June 10, 2015 8:32 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Introducing the 2015 Laboratory of the Year winners.

2015 Laboratory of the Year Judges

June 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

R&D Magazine would like to thank the judges of the 49th Laboratory of the Year...

A Sustainable Environment

June 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

On September 19, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors of its greenest building to...

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A Window To Containment Facility Design

June 8, 2015 9:24 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Can a high containment lab have windows? Can the traditional model of a high containment lab be turned inside out? Can a high containment facility offer better life quality? The answer to all these questions is yes. Home to three international reference labs for 10 exotic viral diseases of livestock, The Pirbright Institute focuses on virology and, specifically, animal health, including zoonotic diseases.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2015 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 20, 2015 9:13 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

In its 49th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 19th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

2015 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 1, 2014 7:42 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 49th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

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June 2014 Issue of R&D Magazine

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of R&D Magazine features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Penn State Univ.'s Eva J. Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies, Washington State Univ.'s Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

Integration Realized

June 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 4, 2014 3:35 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

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2014 Laboratory of the Year Vital Stats

June 4, 2014 3:05 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

2014 Laboratory of the Year Judges

June 4, 2014 2:52 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

R&D Magazine would like to thank the judges of the 48th Laboratory of the Year competition. In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel lab design experts.

R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year Winners

March 23, 2014 11:30 am | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory of the Year competition, sponsored by R&D Magazine, recognizes innovative designs, materials, and construction for laboratory facilities. The winners of this prestigious competition are listed here from its start in 1967. This year marks the competition's 48th year.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:46 am | by R&D Magazine Editors | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

June 2013 Issue of R&D Magazine

June 17, 2013 3:59 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of R&D Magazine features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Lab, Harvard University's Sherman Fairchild Renovation, and the D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory. Our editors also provide an overview of multiphysics software, as well as features on data acquisition, vacuum systems, chromatography, laboratory utilities, and medical devices.

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The Green Magnet

June 6, 2013 1:14 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Discounting its size and population, Singapore is one of world’s most productive and technologically advanced countries. For years, the small island nation has been emblematic of the growth of research, innovation, and enterprise in South Asia. Already home to several highly rated research universities, Singapore, in the last decade, has sought opportunities to bolster its capabilities by organizing a truly international research facility.

A Pinnacle of Energy Efficiency

June 6, 2013 1:06 pm | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory began as a flexible, design-build, high-bay laboratory. Located across railroad tracks on Georgia Tech’s North Avenue Research Area Science Park site, it was a shop-like laboratory; flexible enough for use, even without a defined user.

Improving Past Excellence

June 6, 2013 12:58 pm | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Following Harvard University’s creation of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department, a new home was sought; ultimately resulting in the rebirth of the. The building was considered groundbreaking at its completion in 1981, known as one of the world's first biochemistry buildings. However, 30 years later, it desperately needed renovating to meet the department's growing needs.

Joining Forces

June 6, 2013 12:51 pm | by Patrice Galvin, Editor, Laboratory Design Newsletter | Articles | Comments

When District of Columbia city leaders examined the system in place for handling forensic evidence and analysis, they realized public interest and safety wasn’t served to the fullest. At the time, the Metropolitan Police Department sent thousands of trace evidence specimens to the FBI’s laboratory in Virginia.

CREATE Wins R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year

March 4, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

The 2013 Laboratory of the Year Judging Panel has completed its deliberations and has awarded the 47th annual Laboratory of the Year Award to Singapore’s National Research Foundation for its new Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE). The new hub represents some of the latest concepts in multi-disciplinary research and collaboration. Additional awards were given to laboratories representing the best of sustainability, collaborative science, and renovation.

Laboratory of the Year competition now open for entries

October 30, 2012 9:01 pm | by Julie Higginbotham, Laboratory Design News | Articles | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine are now accepting entries to the 47th international Laboratory of the Year competition. The annual competition recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.

A Laboratory for All

June 18, 2012 5:28 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

By sticking to one big "Idea", project leaders for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery were able to make a number of new laboratory design concepts work.

Open to Innovation

June 15, 2012 12:45 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Flexible by design, Kansas Bioscience Authority's Venture Accelerator is on track for LEED Gold certification.

Positive Reactions

June 15, 2012 12:37 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Princeton University breaks new ground in design by integrating an open, collaborative layout with an air-handling intensive chemistry laboratory.

Sustainable Growth

June 15, 2012 12:29 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The first new building for the first new medical center built in California in decades has two major missions: Create new doctors and save energy.

New labs, new philosophies

March 1, 2012 3:36 am | News | Comments

R&D Magazine is proud to announce the 2012 Laboratory of the Year winners. These laboratories represent the pinnacle of design and execution in architecture for research and development. New construction facilities dominated this year's competition, but beyond this common theme the top new laboratories of 2012 differed widely in design philosophy.

Rising from the Desert

June 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Despite a design and construction timeline of just 30 months, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology fulfills its mission as a flexible, user-friendly lab space.

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