and Townsend, London (cost consultants); Merrick & Co., Kanata, Ontario,
Canada (commissioning agent); S&B
UK Ltd, Swinton, Manchester (lab furniture); Walker Safety Cabinets, Glossop,
Derbyshire (microbiological safety cabinets); PBSC, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
(containment barrier equipment).
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Lindsay Hock is editor of R&D Magazine
and Laboratory Design Newsletter.
Project Team: Biotechnology and
Biological Sciences Research Council
(BBSRC), Pirbright, Surrey, England, U.K.
(owner); HDR Architecture, London,
England (architect); HDR Architecture,
Atlanta (lab planner/containment archi-
tect); HDR Architecture, Lawrenceville,
N.J. (landscape architecture); AECOM
Engineering, St. Albans (MEP/structural/
civil engineer and environmental/acoustical
consultant); Shepard Construction, London
(GC); AECOM Project Management,
Oxford (project management); Turner
all decisions on what was best for
the project and for the science.
The strength of this collaborative work culture was reinforced
by branding the team “Team
Pirbright” and by co-locating
team members, including deci-sion-makers from Pirbright,
on-site. Everyone on the project
team entered into the challenge
with a mindset of getting it done
right, on time and on budget.
To do this, the team took the
design for containment and
pulled it inside-out. Instead of the
virus—or the labs—buried in the
center, the team put people at the
center. The new model includes
a central light-filled atrium, with
zones within containment surrounding it. The curtain wall of
the atrium defines a containment
boundary that is sealed. The radical plan
draws researchers out of their individual
lab wings and “into the light”. It also
allows for the generous use of glass in
and around the atrium, with views to the
campus to the north and of the forest—
the Green Belt—to the south. The plan
provides many opportunities for scientists to work together and share knowledge, and aligns with the worldwide trend
towards multidisciplinary collaborative
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EYP ANNOUNCES JEFFREY SCHANTZ AS S&T LEADER
EYP Architecture and Engineering announced Jeffrey Schantz,
AIA, NCARB, recently joined the firm as Science & Technology
Leader for EYP’s emerging Science & Technology practice, serving clients in academic, higher education, institutional, corporate, technology and government sectors. As an architect and
recognized industry thought leader, Schantz brings more than
30 years of expertise in programming, planning, design and
strategic consulting to the firm. His work includes planning
and design for landmark science and technology facilities for
leading research organizations around the world.
CHRISTOPHER KIRCHNER JOINS VANDERWEIL
Christopher Kirchner, PE, LEED AP, has joined Vanderweil
Engineers as a mechanical team leader and project manager.
Kirchner has 23 years of experience in the design of high-per-formance mechanical systems for a wide variety of government, commercial, institutional, healthcare, lab and industrial
projects. Kirchner’s expertise includes performance modeling
and design for sustainable buildings, including net-zero and
HDR’S WITTMANN TO CHAIR NEW REVIEW BOARD
Michaella Wittmann, HDR’s director of sustainability, will
serve a three-year term as chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)’s new Envision Review Board.
The new board will oversee ongoing development of ISI’s
Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, initially
launched in 2012. The new board recently held its first meeting in Washington, D.C.
SMITHGROUPJJR PROMOTES MARK PATTERSON TO
HEALTH PRACTICE LEADER
SmithGroupJJR has named Mark Patterson, AIA, ACHA, EDAC,
LEED AP BD+C, as leader of its Health Practice. He succeeds
Jim Hannon, who transitions back into practice as a senior
strategic health planner at the firm’s San Francisco office. In
his new role, Patterson heads the firm’s international practice
devoted to the design of health facilities, ranging from some of
the world’s most technically advanced hospitals and specialty
centers, to cost-effective community clinics and those providing post-acute care.
The south elevation of the Plowright Building identifies the labs—clad in timber—the “people” spaces—clad in
glass—and the mechanical systems in a metal penthouse. The unexpected choice of wood cladding, and the colorful
window surrounds, humanize the image of the facility. Image: Dan Schwalm/HDR Inc.