• Use low-energy light fixtures and occupancy sensors.
• Optimize indoor air quality and temperature controls.
• Use low-VOC-emitting products (e.g., sealants, paints, flooring).
• Engage a LEED Accredited Professional
(LEED AP) to coordinate sustainable elements.
The lab design standards at the City Colleges
of Chicago set an example for other institutions. The project leads to consistency between
campuses. That translates to faster renovation
projects, increased cost savings and an equal lab
experience for every CCC student.
Burcin Moehring, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
BD+C, is director of science and technology at
Legat Architects, chair of the Chicago Chapter
of the American Institute of Architects’ Education Knowledge Community, chair of the SCUP
North Central - PD, and a board member of the
I2SL Chicago Chapter. email@example.com.
Douglas Ogurek, LEED AP BD+C, is a member
of the higher education team at Legat Architects.
Where all labs are created equal:
Science lab design standards create consistency
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guidelines. In the end, the labs achieve some
customization, maintain consistency and
never go below industry standards.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAB STANDARDS
Today’s more student-focused labs promote
smaller group work and movable tables.
The sample diagrams for lab options at
CCC show the diversity of teaching styles
and arrangements that the design standards
allow. In Diagram A, one side of fixed tables
is rounded for more interaction in the microbiology lab. In Diagram B, the lab tables are
movable to allow flexibility and different configurations depending on the teaching style.
Moreover, although the lab options include
the minimum number of fume hoods, sinks
and other equipment to accommodate 32
students, they are flexible enough to house 39
students for CCC’s larger capacity.
THROUGH A SUSTAINABLE LENS
The science lab standards also respect the
City of Chicago’s focus on environmental
stewardship and CCC’s goal for green lab
spaces. The guidelines call for all lab renovations to achieve LEED Silver certification, or
to be designed in the spirit of the LEED rating
Sustainable design guidelines aim at minimizing energy consumption and promoting
health and comfort. Suggestions include:
• Promote shared spaces.
• Reuse existing materials (e.g., doors, furniture, electrical, data).
• Use recycled materials (e.g., recycled rubber
sheet instead of VCT tiles).
• Recycle or repurpose existing furniture.
• Purchase new furniture with recycled content, regional materials and/or certified
• Maximize daylight and views.
New Samsung R&D campus to open December 2014
(Image: Business Wire)
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; SAMSUNG PLANS SECOND MAJOR EXPANSION IN SILICON VALLEY
America (SRA), a
subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co.
Ltd., has begun construction on a new
research and development facility in
the heart of Silicon
Valley. The Korean
electronics giant is creating an 8.5-acre campus in Mountain
View, Calif., looking to draw some of the brightest minds in the
technology industry. Mountain View is also the home of the
“Googleplex”, the headquarters of Google Inc. The Samsung
campus will include two new six-story, class-A office buildings
totaling approximately 385,000 sf and two parking structures—
one five stories, the other six stories. Expected occupancy is
December 2014. This will be the second facility that Samsung
has broken ground for in the Bay Area this year, with Samsung
SemiConductor Inc. having announced the 1.1-million-sf expansion of its San Jose operations in July.
;MOBILE UNDERWATER LAB BASED ON SPACE TRAVEL
The French-designed SeaOrbiter is planned as a mobile ocean lab
and base for the study of marine life. Holding 18 to 22 crew mem-
bers, the 1,000-ton vessel has pressurized living quarters, allowing
scientists to live underwater in conditions
similar to space travel. The exterior is built of
Sealium, a corrosive-resistant, recyclable alu-
minum that is much more flexible than steel.
The unique structure of SeaOrbiter highlights
Sealium’s ability to be cut, bent and shaped
easily. The exterior is also covered with 350
sm of solar skin for producing electricity. Mod-
ular, multidisciplinary labs, including a scien-
tific wet lab, will study the ocean’s ecosystem,
marine biodiversity and marine-related appli-
cations for health, industry and food. The labs
can continuously monitor physical, chemical
and environmental parameters with the ability
to produce a constant flow of this information
through a communications platform.
;MAPPING THE SOLAR POTENTIAL OF URBAN ROOFTOPS
Mapdwell announced the unveiling of Solar System for the D.C.
area. Solar System maps the solar energy potential of urban roof-
tops. Using a color-coded map that indicates solar ratings from
poor to optimal, the platform enables users to take an up-close
look at the cost/benefit of photovoltaic panel installation at the
rooftop level. For the D.C. sample, Solar System maps the solar
potential of over 160,000 buildings, identifying high-yielding solar
resources for over 2. 5 GW of potential solar photovoltaic installa-
tions. View Solar System for Washington D.C. at www.mapdwell.
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four levels above
the waterline and
six levels below.
Construction is sched-
uled to begin May