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January 23, 2018

This past year, we have seen a shift in the individual laboratory planning layouts required in Research & Development (R&D) Laboratory Renovation projects that are being initiated to support the research end users new laboratory equipment needs that allows them to process more samples and their associated data quickly.

November 22, 2017

Climate changed. 2017 has been ravaged by increased and extreme occurrences of climate changed events. Hurricanes whipped through the Atlantic Ocean damaging and crippling all in its pathways, wildfires set ablaze to Western areas of the US, earthquakes rattled throughout the globe and the outcome was devastating to buildings, communities and regions.


November 21, 2017

Does this article title take you back to the days of exacting space programming and subsequent test fits and final design documentation based upon specific people and processes in a client’s company? It wasn’t that long ago actually. Then we had a revelation that flexibility and adaptability perhaps was more attractive to clients (to win projects) or better yet… may support their operational mission and desired company culture. 

October 30, 2017

Design and coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for life sciences facilities is particularly challenging since the quantity of individual systems and their specific access requirements are typically much more demanding than other facility types.

September 22, 2017

R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP is a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, who collaborated with architectural design firm Robert A.M. Stern (RAMSA) on the design of two new Pavilion buildings, a Gateway building, and Winter Garden on the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Cambridge, MA campus. 

September 21, 2017

We spend 90% of our lives indoors. N-i-n-e-ty percent. Now, take notice of your current surroundings.  Think about the following topics:  cleanliness of the air coming in through the vents, paints/sealants/adhesives used within the space; potentially harmful ingredients you are breathing in, contaminants in the water you are currently drinking, the temperature of your location, proximity to natural light and the outdoors throughout the day, your production level. Are you happy after reflection? If not….

July 25, 2017

Technology is enabling dramatic changes in the retail and hospitality industries, allowing customers to shop how and when they want.  These changes disrupt the traditional parameters of place and set store hours, giving way to the convenience of shopping from anywhere at any time, even incorporating social media and friends participation in personal shopping.

June 27, 2017

With the convergence of research vectors, many Life Science buildings often host numerous plants, animals, and unique habitats. Because of the varying requirements that each of these species have, it is vital that the design and execution of sustainability measures be tailored to the building’s intended use.

June 8, 2017

Collaborative Design, Design Assist, Colocation, Integrated Project Delivery, Evidence Based Design, and so many other buzzwords have made their way into the lexicon of the AEC community and especially on healthcare projects. Our belief is that the future of the AEC industry will require further enabling of a cooperative design collaboration mindset.