The Buzz in the Industry... Culture of Care

By: Paulina Bugyis

As I flip through publications, magazines, emails and sometimes marketing material, I realize that we are all repeatedly using one very powerful word: Culture. I have used it myself thinking it was my own doing; however, I believe at times we assimilate trends even without knowing.

The powerful thing is that the word culture next to care is now associated in a concept of something that we can create, develop and put into practice. For example, the Animal Science Research Industry advertises how...

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Detail-focused and "Big Picture" Bound

By: Paulina Bugyis

In the A&E industry, we work in cross-functional multifaceted teams that employ all sorts of talents, specific trades and specialties. Every member of the team has a very specific role – mine is laboratory planning and design. Through the years I have learned to focus on the details of my role, from the day that we start working on a project, to the final punch list.

In Research Facility Design and Planning, the details are technical, and mostly deal with specifications such as rough ins and the...

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A Purposeful Design that Connects

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The 140,700-square-foot Neurosciences Research Building brings psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery and basic neuroscience research under one roof through an initiative between Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health and the State of Indiana.

The facility design supports science organized by research themes. It has achieved LEED Gold certification and elevates research through advanced technology and planning; however, its most valuable component is a purposeful...

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Showcasing Sustainability at the Science Engineering Laboratory Building

By: Andrew Swanson

Higher Education Facility Design

BSA LifeStructures designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB) at IUPUI to be a sustainable multidisciplinary laboratory and classroom building that is consistent with the life and health science mission of IUPUI. To support this goal, the SELB project team is pursuing LEED Silver Certification through the LEED for New Construction rating system. Several design elements and construction practices contributed toward the pursuit of LEED Silver Certification. These sustainable...

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BSA LifeStructures Completes New Science Engineering Laboratory Building at IUPUI

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Higher Education Facility Design

IUPUI students and researchers have a new home for science-based courses and research. The new Science Engineering Laboratory Building will provide much needed research space for researchers and strengthen the University’s life and health sciences mission. BSA LifeStructures designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building in conjunction with Blackburn Architects on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ campus. The building combines both academic and research space, creating a...

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Laboratory Planning and The Golden Circle

By: Paulina Bugyis

Science Research Building

I love watching TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) videos, and through the years I have followed great speakers that have been an inspiration for me. During 2012 I started thinking about how those great ideas and concepts could be applied to what I do as a laboratory planner and designer. This started after a good friend suggested I watch Andrew Stanton and his talk about the clues to great stories. I am always looking for inspiration to improve my presentations on animal research...

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The Power of Optimism

By: Paulina Bugyis

Laboratory Planning and Design

I was recently invited to participate in a conference in South America about animal science. During my visit I spoke with people who share my passion for animal care, animal welfare and science research buildings. I realized that even though we all have the same goals, those people in countries where laboratory planning and design is an emerging building trend need a whole lot more motivation and inspiration to do what they are supposed to do every day because the challenges are much larger....

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Where to Start with Lean Laboratory Design

By: Paulina Bugyis

Laboratory Planning and Design

As I was introduced and welcomed to the Lean world, through Purdue University’s Yellow Belt Certification Program, lots of thoughts entered my mind. Throughout the course of four days my opinion on lean went from, "I’m not sure I can apply this to laboratory research, this is for healthcare," to "I can see how this can be applied to all markets," to "Wow, this makes a lot of sense," and then finally to “Lean can be applied to all components of my life!”
 
It is my opinion that laboratory...
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The "What" and the "How" of Designing Complex Projects - Part III

By: Kay Townsend

Laboratory Planning and Design

In my second post I described the basis of design (BOD), or in other words, the “what.” In this post I will discuss the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR), the “how.” While the BOD is more specific in nature, , the OPR is more descriptive and describes “how” the project should be completed. For example, the BOD may describe the project as a laboratory renovation on the ground floor of the facility, but the OPR will note that the project will be completed as phase three of a seven phase master...

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The "What" and the "How" of Designing Complex Projects - Part I

By: Kay Townsend

Research Facility Design

The ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process, defines commissioning as "a quality-focused process for enhancing the delivering of a project….verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the Owner Project Requirements.”

Commissioning has historically been associated with the operational functions of a facility, including the air handling system, electrical systems, the exhaust...

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Weyer Named One of Industry's Best and Brightest

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Evidence-based Design

Matt Weyer, BSA LifeStructures Director of Systems Engineering in St. Louis, was named one of Consulting - Specifying Engineering magazine’s 40 under 40 winners. The list recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who are shaping the engineering industry. The recipients are selected based on the impact they have made in not only their industry, but in their community as well.

Matt graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and has gone on to become the youngest director of engineering...

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IUPUI's Science and Engineering Laboratory Building Breaks Ground

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Science Research Building

Indiana University and Purdue University officials broke ground on the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building in the heart of the IUPUI campus on Thursday, March 28. The new building, designed by BSA LifeStructures, will serve to strengthen the university’s life and health sciences mission. 

The building combines both academic and research space, creating a dynamic home for both learning and discovery. IUPUI has seen an increase in demand for healthcare related areas of study, making the...

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Laboratory Planning and Design: From Finger Pointing to Problem Solving

By: Paulina Bugyis
Lab Planning and Design
How many times have we all found ourselves frantically digging into meeting notes,  sketches, emails or any other document that approved a design issue or discussion that supported another design choice? Were those notes from last year? Who attended that meeting? Wasn't the consultant supposed to issue meeting notes? Sadly, this situation might sound very familiar to all of us.

In my experience finger pointing doesn't really occur until the building is under construction, and it is...
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Animal Facilities Challenge - Flexibility

By: Paulina Bugyis

Lab Planning and Design
In the laboratory planning discipline, we frequently discuss the concept of flexible research environments with clients. When applying the concept of flexibility to animal facilities, we ask ourselves another question, "Is it possible to plan and design a facility that can serve the client's research needs for over 30 years, respond to the needs and research modalities of a variety of users and endure the evolution of science and technology?"

The answer is yes. 

The reality is that most of these...

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Use What You Learn and Seize the Possibilities

By: Paulina Bugyis
Laboratory Planning and Design
I recently visited a colleague from the animal science industry, who graciously spent the day with me and shared her concerns, stories and some of the physical plant issues that are part of the institution's research program.

Throughout the conversation I was reminded of the fact that when you do what you are passionate about there is no wrong doing. Even if the resources you need aren’t available, the “make do” attitude is always there to guide you. Most of these thoughts on opportunity and...
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The Critical Components of Vivarium Design

By: Paulina Bugyis
Vivarium Design
If you were to ask me what the most important aspect of vivarium design is, I wouldn't say it's about laboratory planning, or an architectural feature or even related to science building design. It also isn’t an electrical, mechanical or plumbing issue. However, all the above affect the life in the vivarium, the animals.

When we evaluate our client’s success we have to look at what makes their institution effecient and effective. For some clients a measure of success is financial, for others a...
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Equipment Selection in Science Research Buildings

By: Paulina Bugyis
Equipment Selection in Science Research Buildings
The selection of capital equipment represents a key component to the design of laboratories and science buildings. Like most important issues in a new research building, capital equipment is something we discuss and even draw plans for. The design team even has to write specifications and procedures for selecting it.

Capital equipment is integral to the main support of the research groups and includes cold or warm storage, autoclaves, lab washers and even ice machines. Advanced engineeringsystem...
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Laboratory Renovations: It's Full Service

By: Paulina Bugyis
Laboratory Renovations
The growth of laboratory renovation projects in universities has various drivers, not always linked specifically to the state of the economy. When institutions grow, expand, build new or when they update space, there can be space management issues to deal with. One of the aspects we continually see is the desire to establish parameters and standards to effectively complete laboratory renovations.

From a laboratory planning and design perspective, one of the keys to success is the use of a multi...
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Chemistry Lab Renovation - 4 Reasons Why Filtered Fume Hoods Can Help You – Part 2

By: James Hill
Filtered Fume Hoods
In a recent post, I talked about Butler University installing filtered fume hoods in their renovated chemistry teaching labs and the challenges associated with laboratory planing and design. In this post, I’d like to talk more about the filtered fume hood technology.

Filtered fume hoods are not new technology but are not yet widely known. In fact, the 27 fume hoods being installed in Butler University’s chemistry teaching labs is currently the largest installation in the country.

Is filtered the...
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Chemistry Lab Renovation Uses Filtered Fume Hood Technology – Part 1

By: James Hill
Chemistry Lab Renovation Uses Filtered Fume Hood Technology
Like most universities and colleges, Butler University in Indianapolis is working to improve energy efficiency, manage costs and provide safe environments – all while operating high-energy-demand science facilities with sophisticated laboratory equipment.

A chemistry lab renovation has offered Butler University the opportunity to explore new technologies as a way to achieve their efficiency, sustainability and safety goals.
The project renovates two organic chemistry teaching labs, two general...
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