Universities Need to Recruit and Retain STEM Students With Design

  • June 3, 2016
  • Author: Stephen Blair

It’s time for action: Investing in STEM students It’s undeniable that universities need to attract more students to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) programs moving forward. The U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that in the next decade, we will need approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than we will produce at our current rate. Currently about 300,000 graduates obtain bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields every year. In order to create this new workforce of 1 million additional STEM experts, that number needs to increase by 100,000 annually. The challenge cannot simply be met by attracting more students. STEM experts say universities must…

BIM for Universities: 3 Reasons to Use It

  • April 13, 2016
  • Author: Brian Skripac

For the design and construction industry, using Building Information Modeling (BIM) for effective and efficient project delivery is not a new idea. At the same time, the integration of BIM into the day-to-day activities of a building owner is more of a new concept. This is especially true with colleges and universities who are beginning to make BIM a priority on their campus and are embarking on the creation of their own BIM standards to reap the benefits of this industry—transforming technology and process to reduce the total cost of ownership across the lifecycle of the buildings they own and operate. The Ohio State University (OSU) initially set out to…

Health Sciences Teaching Labs Open at George Washington University

  • January 18, 2016
  • Author: David Esch

Three teaching labs at the GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus’s (VSTC) Collections and Conservation Resource Center (CCRC) building have been completed and are now in use, enabling an expansion of health science programs on campus. Comprising of four teaching labs and associated support spaces, the fit-out provides state-of-the-art science labs for teaching chemistry, biological sciences, physics and general studies. The classrooms are designed to be flexible, allowing for alternative teaching pedagogies including scale-up and didactic instruction, and are digitally robust, including real-time projections of instructional activities. Fit-out included HVAC, electrical, tele/data and lab gases, fume hoods and bio-safety cabinets, an autoclave and other equipment. In a GW article published…

Jain Selected to 2016 Lab of the Year Jury

  • January 12, 2016
  • Author: Danielle Forsyth

Punit Jain, AIA, LEED Fellow, has been selected as a juror of the 2016 Laboratory of the Year Awards. A prestigious and global competition, the Lab of the Year Awards recognizes the best in laboratory design through innovation, construction, sustainability and operation. Jain is a leader in our science and technology and sustainability practices. As a LEED Fellow, he has overseen the design and construction of over 24 LEED projects in the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences. He is responsible for generating innovative solutions in regenerative and net zero design for complex scientific facilities at a campus and building scale. Punit serves on the national board of the International Institute…

3 New Ways of Looking at the University Research Park

  • December 2, 2015
  • Author: Stephen Blair

The Association of University Research Park’s (AURP) national conference was held at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus where leading academics, researchers and scientists convened to share the latest trends and ideas in research park development. There is a growing need to think holistically about these incubators of innovation, research and technology. Here are the 3 top trends that arose. 1. A successful park not only transforms the university, but also the surrounding community Gone are the days of research parks existing solely for the benefit of the university. There is huge socio-economic value to consider in the larger community context. How can a new park link once disparate places? How…

3 Takeaways from the BIMForum

  • October 27, 2015
  • Author: Brian Skripac

VDC for Design Phase Management & Preconstruction This past week BIMForum held its fall event with a focus on “Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for Design Phase Management & Preconstruction”. With more than 500 leaders from the architectural, engineering, construction and building owner community in attendance, the conference had two dominant themes. First, the discussion centered whether or not design phase management has impacted pre-construction workflows. Additionally, the group discussed the role of printed drawings and if they’ve been fully replaced by new mediums for communication. The discussion was enriched by presentations seeking to better understand our BIM-enabled processes and how to make them more repeatable. BIM – Building Information…

UB’s Solar Decathlon Team Takes 2nd in National Competition

  • October 21, 2015
  • Author: Will Ransom

The University at Buffalo (UB) team placed second overall in the national U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team has been hard at work for over two years, fundraising and planning to make this ultra-sustainable home a reality. The UB team finished with 941.191 points out of a possible 1,000 for the GRoW (Garden, Relax or Work) Home. Stevens Institute of Technology, hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, took first place with 950.685. Cal State Polytechnic University was a distant third at 910 points. CannonDesign joined many of our local client-partners to support the UB solar decathlon team over the years. At last year’s Environmental Awareness Week, Bob Shibley, dean of UB’s School…

How Sustainable Laboratories Can Help with the Water Crisis

  • October 21, 2015
  • Author: Punit Jain

How can sustainable laboratories make an impact? I was fortunate to attend the national I2SL conference in San Diego, California, recently and wanted to share my thoughts on how laboratories can conserve water—one of our most vital resources. It is both an exciting and challenging time for laboratory design. Now, more than ever we are called to bring innovative solutions to the environmental issues we all are facing. California is immersed in one of the most extreme droughts in its history. Since the conference was located in the heart of this issue, many of the discussions and presentations revolved around how best to conserve water in the laboratory setting. Related…

Johns Hopkins University Helps NASA Reach Pluto.

  • July 17, 2015
  • Author: Susan Johnson

Humankind took its closest look at Pluto earlier this week NASA’s New Horizons probe completed the first ever flyby of the planet and sent back photos and data as proof. The New Horizons mission is a breakthrough journey for space exploration and will answer important questions about Pluto’s surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres during its five-month visit. Interestingly, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland designed, built and operated the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. CannonDesign is proud to be currently working with Johns Hopkins University on programming and planning studies for their campus as they continue their…

Universities Need to Recruit and Retain STEM Students With Design

  • July 13, 2014
  • Author: Stephen Blair

It’s time for action: Investing in STEM students It’s undeniable that universities need to attract more students to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) programs moving forward. The U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that in the next decade, we will need approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than we will produce at our current rate. Currently about 300,000 graduates obtain bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields every year. In order to create this new workforce of 1 million additional STEM experts, that number needs to increase by 100,000 annually. The challenge cannot simply be met by attracting more students. STEM experts say universities must…

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