domestic manufacturing, improving public
health, enhancing technology, developing clean
energy alternatives and protecting the global
environment. The benefits of investing in R&D
not only impact the results of scientific discovery, but also contribute to U.S. job growth and
increase the country’s influence in research and
science markets at the global level.
In 2014, although construction costs increased,
there is discontinuity between how much clients
are willing to pay for architectural and design services and the true cost of those services. During
the last year, there has been a consistent rise in
clients expecting low and extremely competitive
pricing. In some cases, clients have expected the
same rates as during the peak of the recession.
The market remains very competitive, with much
upfront design and budget pricing required before
a project is awarded.
In summary, the markets are stabilizing in
2014; the number of newly awarded projects continues to grow. The latter part of 2014 is projected to be positive and on an upward trend. Prices
are becoming more stable and continue to rise
in line with previous years’ growth. Clients are
exhibiting confidence, as demonstrated by the
start of construction on projects.
OUTLOOK BY LOCATION
Local market conditions are stabilizing—
more so than in previous years. At the national
level, costs have also continued to stabilize.
These figures are projected to only slightly
increase, rising through 2014.
The indexed regional and international costs
6 WHAT’S NEW ON
16 COMING EVENTS
20 NEWS NOTES
24 PRODUCT NEWS
25 NEW PROJECTS
27 INFO RESOURCES
INSIDE JUL|AUGV FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
Atlanta is a hub of collegiate universities and
life science labs and
the 2015 Laboratory
Design Conference will
be there April 27-29.
For our 2015 confer-
ence, 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
presentation with skill and energy.
CALL FOR SPEAKERS NOW OPEN
The call for speakers is open until
September 12, 2014. 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 labs in the Atlanta area.
Suggestions of candidate facilities for lab
tours in and around the city are welcome.
Facilities can be new, renovated, renova-tion/addition or adaptive reuse, and preferably would have been completed within
the past three years. It’s, of course, crucial
that the facility’s owner is open to having
a small group ( 15 to 25) 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
By Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor
heads to Atlanta
2014 lab construction outlook
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3 2014 lab construction outlook
3 Changing with the times: Developments
for biomedical research labs
14 Glazing design and thermal comfort:
It’s more than being cool
18 The future of science and technology
22 Making a case for soft landing
26 A researcher’s lab
29 Designing and building the Lab of the Year
signs of improvement. The recent round of
quarterly earnings by publicly listed companies
showed profits increasing at a consistent rate.
• Civil engineering and infrastructure projects, including mass transportation, roads
and bridges, have seen increased growth
from previous years with the support of
• The technology sector has demonstrated
the strongest growth by investors. This will
likely result in positive earnings for the
overall U.S. market.
• As the government struggles to implement
balanced solutions, concern among all
parties will continue to grow for the state
of public finance, both at federal and state
levels. 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, far less publicly funded
RFPs have been issued than in past years, and
work has increased in the private sector.
• Oil prices have surged as U.S. stockpiles
diminish, and turmoil in the Middle East
continues to be an issue.
• Barring any additional economic problems,
prices will continue to rise in 2014. As the
market continues to improve and project
work increases, prices are expected to continue to increase, in tandem.
The federal government has proposed a budget of $135.4 billion for federal R&D in fiscal
year 2015. This is an increase of $1.7 billion
from the 2014 budget. Some objectives for this
budget include boosting the U.S. economy with