heat gain into the labs. Chilled beams reduce
air change rates to deliver additional energy
savings. The building is designed to improve energy performance by 20% over state
standards and will be the highest efficiency
building on campus.
4Completion date: March 2015
4Contact: Ed Cordes AIA, Science +
Technology Practice Leader, Perkins+Will,
neurological disorders and traumatic injuries.
Multidisciplined teams will investigate neural
networks, develop imaging techniques to track
neurological diseases and help people at risk
for disorders of learning and memory, focusing on research at the intersection of medicine
An exterior sun-shading system, composed of colorful glass fins, creates a
signature look and reduces direct glare and
Wright State Univ. Neuroscience
Building, Dayton, Ohio
4Budget: $29 million
4Size: 90,597 sf
4Project Team: Perkins+Will, (design architect/lab planning); Annette Miller Architects
(associate architect); Heapy Engineering (MEP
engineer); Shell + Meyer Associates (structural
engineer); Messer Construction (GC).
4Description: Designed to foster collaboration between neuroscientists, engineers and
physicians in the field of human performance
research, this four-story building unites teams
from Wright State Univ. College of Engineering and the Boonshoft School of Medicine
to focus on synergistic opportunities. The
focused lab building features an atrium
surrounded by research labs, collaboration
spaces, office suites and an auditorium. Two
wings filled with flexible and adaptable labs
branch out from the atrium to create the
facility’s L-shaped footprint.
Specialty labs include ISO Class 5 and 6
cleanrooms for developing advanced medical
devices, nanomanufacturing and 3-D printing, in-vivo imaging, laser suites, BSL- 2 labs,
a university microscopy/histology core and
human performance testing labs. The goal is
to develop and test medical device components that can be validated with patients. This
translational facility will advance treatment of
s FORENSIC SERVICES AND CORONER’S COMPLEX CAPTURES
AIA AWARD OF MERIT
Toronto’s Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex (FSCC)
has received an Award of Merit from the 2014 American
Institute of Architects Justice Facility Review. Stantec Architecture, in association with MWL Architects, served as the
Proponent Design Architects and Architects of Record on the
project. WZMH Architects/SmithGroupJJR served as Planning,
Design and Compliance Architects. The FSCC is one of the
largest of its kind in the world, housing a consolidated forensic lab, medicolegal autopsy services and coroner’s courts.
The building is the first redevelopment project on an underdeveloped provincial campus, which will also include a new
healthcare facility. The FSCC building serves as a gateway to
the campus from its eastern edge, establishing it as a new
publicly centered precinct.
s ARCHITECTURE BILLINGS INDEX REBOUNDS TO END 2014
ON SOLID FOOTING
There were 10 out of 12 months of increasing demand for
design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index
(ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. As a leading economic indicator of
construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to
12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark
of 50.9 in November. This score reflects an increase in design
activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).
The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of
58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of
49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.
s ARCHITECTS ISSUE 2015 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced a legislative agenda for the 114th Congress that sets a path for
increasing construction activity, creating jobs, preserving the
nation’s heritage and ensuring that new generations of architects design a resilient future for America.
“We have an ambitious legislative agenda, and we will
work hard to aggressively move it forward,” said AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “Working together, the
85,000 members of the AIA have proven to be a powerful
catalyst for passing legislation on Capitol Hill that not only
increases economic activity but also the common good.”
The agenda includes the following: resilience, continued
economic growth, design and the future.
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