Designing for Our National Laboratories

  • March 6, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Blair

CannonDesign has a long and proud history of designing many of our national laboratories around the country. These facilities require an immense amount of expertise, attention and innovation to deliver exceptional solutions for our nation’s top scientists. Here are some of our top examples: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spallation Neutron Source Second Target Station Expanding the capabilities of a facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for an international user community. Read more > Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chemical and Material Sciences Building Unique sustainable strategies for this building include a photovoltaic array, light shelves, operable windows, and hybrid solar lighting – a technology developed at ORNL. Read…

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 Celebrates Topping Out

  • February 7, 2019
  • Author: Danielle Larrabee

The team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 recently celebrated the topping out ceremony – reaching a significant milestone in the design and construction process. Explore the project here > This iconic building will house the Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD), an innovative and creative organization at the heart of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s current research and development team. Jim Schatz, Head of Research & Exploratory Development, gave an inspiring speech during the ceremony. A few of his remarks are below. “Today we reach an exciting milestone in the journey from design to construction of an amazing new facility here at APL which we usually refer…

Opening Up Site Lines to Innovation with Just in Time Delivery

  • October 9, 2017
  • Author: Matthew Malone

Just-in-time (JIT) delivery is a system for inventory many organizations use to receive goods only as needed during the production process rather than stockpiling large amounts of a particular item. JIT delivery is certainly not a new concept; it has been used successfully both in the private and government sectors for decades. In the case of delivering important materials such as disposables and chemicals to those in the research and development fields, many in the pharmaceutical industry have adopted a type of JIT delivery system in order to reduce their costs and waste, but also to improve lab safety and create a more collaborative scientific workplace. Nowadays, pharmaceutical companies are…

From Excellent to Outstanding: Yale Sterling Chemistry Lab Opens

  • September 1, 2016
  • Author: John Jennings

The CannonDesign team was pleased to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Yale Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. This opening culminates three years of intense work that drew on integrated expertise from a variety of CannonDesign offices including Boston, Washington DC, St. Louis and New York City.  There has been a very positive response from the Yale community, with the Yale Daily News covering the opening extensively and capturing President Salovey’s remarks. We are at a moment here at Yale when we will take the excellent science, research, and education we do on campus, especially Science Hill, and move it to a truly outstanding level. – Peter Salovey, Yale President Yale’s Sterling Chemistry Lab has…

How Great Facility Design Can Earn Millions More in R&D Grants

  • July 26, 2016
  • Author: Stephen Blair

Excellent facility design will be your R&D grant differentiator Funding challenges are a major concern for many institutions around the United States. Colleges and universities are tasked with securing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in grants each year to continue their important research and development. When applying for R&D funding from the federal government, the proposed scientific concept needs to hold merit, but equally important is showing the merit of your research facility. How will the facility support the research and development within? Related Content: Infographic: Navigating the Complexities of Federal Grants For construction, renovation and equipment grant applications, the requirements include engineering criteria, architectural criteria, line drawings, timelines,…

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…

Innovative Design vs Innovative Process

  • February 8, 2016
  • Author: Eric Jaffe

Innovative Design Is the concept of innovative lab design more about the design process than the actual physical space? Has it been 30 years since the last real innovation in laboratory design has been introduced? Other than the introduction and rapid incorporation of technology in the laboratory, what else has changed? Isn’t innovative laboratory design today a mix of both research connectivity and paradigm change within an organization coupled with the physical environment? Laboratory Design Today The research laboratory, which was once designed as an insular cathedral made up of smaller oratories, faced a major change thirty or so years ago with the introduction of larger, open “ball room” environments….

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 Larrabee

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…