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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...

2014 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 28, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting...

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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.

A Total Transformation

June 9, 2011 8:04 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Construction of a brand-new genomics and cell science laboratory at the University of Connecticut was out of the question, so designers renovated a time capsule.


A Sustainable Thirst for Science

June 9, 2011 7:47 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

The first LEED Platinum process science facility strives to satisfy both consumer taste buds and the environment.

A Complete Design Package

June 9, 2011 7:26 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Careful integration of architectural and engineering elements demonstrates that the whole of a design can be greater than the sum of its parts.

2011 Laboratory of the Year Judges

June 9, 2011 7:09 am | Articles | Comments

R&D Magazine would like to thank the judges of the 45th Laboratory of the Year competition.

New beginnings for 2011 Laboratory of the Year winners

March 2, 2011 6:26 am | News | Comments

A new university rising on the edge of the Red Sea and a transformed industrial building in central Connecticut may be geographically distant, but the facilities share similar honors in R&D Magazine 's 2011 Laboratory of the Year competition.

Science in the Public Eye

June 8, 2010 10:06 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Chicago Botanic Garden puts science, nature, and sustainability on display.

Raise the Roof

June 8, 2010 9:58 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Vertical expansion elevates the translational research program at Texas Children's Hospital.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2010 6:36 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Surveys of laboratory users and designers reveal the effects of budgetary belt-tightening, the true impetus for building green, and the drive to build transparency.

Understanding Sustainability

June 9, 2009 9:33 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Built around the idea of scientific collaboration and environmental, social, and economic sustainability, the Harvard Univ. Northwest Science Building will be used to enhance cross-disciplinary research and energy savings.

Delicate Balance

June 9, 2009 9:33 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Dedicated to understanding the fundamental nature of the Earth, the Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Division lab at Columbia Univ. achieves harmony with its surroundings, while giving its researchers both form and function.

Making Lemonade from Old Labs

June 9, 2009 9:33 am | Articles | Comments

A modest, basic building once housed an advanced polymer research lab for one of India's biggest companies. After renovations the building remains, but everything else has changed for the better.

Promoting Enrollment through Renovation

June 9, 2009 9:32 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

To help realize its goal of increasing enrollment in its chemistry program, Carleton Univ. combined its old chemistry laboratories into one Steacie SuperLab.

An Expression of Solar Research

June 18, 2008 6:06 am | Articles | Comments

Built around a vision of sustainability, NREL’s environmentally sound, high-performance Science & Technology Facility will be used to enhance the visibility of renewable technologies.

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