including mass transportation, roads and
bridges, have seen increased growth from previous years.
• The technology sector shows the strongest
growth by investors, which likely will result in
positive earnings for the overall U.S. market.
• China’s investment in Latin America’s energy
and natural resources is slowly waning from
last year. China’s investment in the U.S. continues to grow to an all-time high.
• The European debt crisis persists and
remains a cause for concern for global investors. The European Central Bank (ECB) has
offered indefinite low interest rates to help
spark a recovery. Despite these steps, the ECB
has not made a positive impact as of yet.
• Concern continues to grow regarding the
state of public finance, both at a federal and
state level, as the government struggles to
find balance. Government spending remains
under heavy scrutiny given the current state
of public finances as the U.S. continues to
recover from the recession. Federal and state
funding is low. As a result, there have been
fewer publicly funded RFPs than in past years
and an increase in work in the private sector.
• Oil prices have surged as U.S. stockpiles
diminish. President Obama has pushed for
$2 billion for research of alternative fuel
sources over the next ten years.
• Barring any further economic problems,
prices will continue to rise in 2013. As the
market continues to improve, and project
work begins to pick up, prices are expected to
continue to increase.
The federal government has proposed a budget of $144 billion for federal R&D in fiscal year
2013. Some objectives for this budget include
boosting the U.S. economy, improving public
health, enhancing technology, developing clean
energy alternatives and protecting the global
environment. The benefits of investing in R&D
not only affect the final products of scientific
discovery, but also create new U.S. jobs and
INSIDEJUL|AUGV FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
Boston is a great
research city and
the 2014 Laboratory
will be there April
2-4. For our 2014
conference, we are
seeking dynamic speakers
who can present at an advanced level
on timely issues in lab design, engineer-
ing, sustainability, project management,
market trends and construction. Not only
are we looking for experts in the field, but
individuals who can deliver a presenta-
tion with skill and energy.
The call for speakers is open until
September 27, 2013. Accepted presenters will be notified by mid-October. For
more information on submitting a presentation for consideration, please go
In addition to an education-packed
agenda, the conference also features
tours of research laboratories in the host
city area. Suggestions of candidate facilities for lab tours in and around Boston
are welcome. Facilities can be new,
renovated, renovation/addition or adaptive reuse, and preferably would have
been completed within the past three
years. It is, of course, crucial that the
facility’s owner is open to having a small
group ( 15 to 20) tour for about an hour.
If you would like to nominate a facility,
please provide information that includes
data regarding the building size, type of
research/teaching/analysis done in the
labs, date of substantial completion
and any special or relevant features.
We do give preference to sustainable
facilities, so please note that if applicable. Questions and suggestions can
be sent to me directly at:
By Patrice Galvin, Editor
Lab Design Conference
heads to Boston: call
for speakers now open
Lab construction outlook: costs stable and trending upward
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COST FORECAST METHODOLOGY
HLW International and Faithful+Gould have
collaborated to show the cost trends of the
2013 market. The purpose of this report is
to assist those involved in research facility
planning, design and construction in benchmarking probable facility construction costs.
This document is a benchmarking tool and is
not designed to replace a detailed cost estimate prepared during the course of a specific project, which is extremely critical. It is
intended to help set a target and to measure
progress. We have employed a multifaceted
approach in generating these new forecasts.
The methodology for developing the updat-
ed costs by facility type include:
• In-house cost indices for HLW and
Faithful+Gould research facility projects.
• Review of nationally published cost data.
• Review and analysis of labor rate and
9 COMING EVENTS
12 NEWS NOTES
20 PRODUCT NEWS
22 NEW PROJECTS
3 Lab construction outlook: costs stable and
3 “Managing the bells & whistles I don’t
need and my lab can’t afford”
15 Laying the foundation for sustainable laboratory
operations and management with BIM
18 Designing in a vacuum
25 Supporting LEEDing-edge research: new Max Planck
Institute combines scientific and ustainability goals