increasingly used as a teaching tool.
INTERDISCIPLINARY SUPPORTS FUNDING
The trend toward balanced learning and
research programs supports both aspects of
today’s funding challenges. The powerhouse
research programs at Univ. of Michigan,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Univ.
of Illinois, for example, previously focused on
applied science with indirect cost recovery. The
great learning programs at other universities
would recover costs mainly through tuition,
but state caps on tuition increases are limiting
their revenue options. The emerging model will
potentially equalize the two, and offer an integrated, stable learning and research program.
Beyond this macro trend, there are new
12 COMING EVENTS
16 INFO RESOURCES
19 NEWS NOTES
23 PRODUCT NEWS
INSIDEJAN|FEBV FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
It wasn’t too long ago
when the standard lab
was essentially a large
closet furnished with
equipment and bench-
es. There were no win-
dows, flickering fluores-
cent overhead lights and hand-scrawled
signs on the sample fridges ordering you
to keep your lunch elsewhere. The norm
was to clutter the bench space and leave
stuff sitting around. Who was to see?
Creating these spaces was easy. Throw
up four walls in the basement or interior
of a building, add the right equipment
and voilá, a lab. There was little consideration to the physical space and how
it affected the morale of those inside.
Unfortunately, these unappealing labs
still exist in many places. Fortunately,
they are on their way to extinction.
The new standard for lab spaces
reflects the new attitude of integrated
science and research. These light, open
labs have replaced walls with windows
and added, whenever possible, daylight
and views—and it’s a refreshing change.
There are numerous photographic
examples of the new look for labs, but
even better is to take a look in person.
The Lab Design Conference (April 2-4,
Boston) has recently announced tours
that will take visitors inside notable labs
and well-designed facilities. The full
tour agenda is still being finalized as of
this writing but labs at Harvard, MIT and
AstraZeneca are on the list.
More information on the conference
and the tours can be found at
is an opportunity to walk the halls and
see the new life being breathed into lab
By Patrice Galvin, Editor
Remaking the engineering building: Repositioning strategies
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3 Remaking the engineering building
3 Planning for successful lab equipment moves
14 How a new building is redefining research, collaboration
and resource management at UM
17 BIM bridges the collaboration gap
20 Where all labs are created equal: Science lab
design standards create consistency
26 Lab vacuum and sustainable design
recruit new students, faculty and staff. Second,
they act as proof to how updated and specialized research environments can perform better than previous standards for labs and other
engineering facilities. Third, they suggest how
the next generation of buildings will support
people and their interactions within vibrant,
world-class engineering programs.
Overall, these repositioning projects indicate how engineering, more than ever, is
empowering today’s research activities. The
buildings ignore traditional boundaries, supporting every science and providing a seemingly unlimited range of tools. The programs
and facilities that support them are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary; collaborative
and interactive, with a student-centered attitude; a showcase of research successes; becoming more energy efficient and sustainable; and
Image 2: Univ. of Illinois, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building became part of the research environment.