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  • Adding Value to The MASDAR Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    The MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) is a new institute focused on research into sustainable energy technologies. As part of MASDAR City – slated to be the world’s first carbon-neutral modern settlement – the Institute will push the boundaries of low-energy laboratory operations. RFD played an integral role in analysis and modeling of research energy usage that was essential to achieving these sustainability goals. RFD’s expertise in research laboratories of various types – including material science and biotechnology –guided this new Institute in developing appropriate laboratory spaces and support systems that are based on a highly flexible design concept. MASDAR City involves many groundbreaking systems for transportation, cladding systems, and HVAC operations – all of which required in-depth analysis and advice that drew from RFD’s expertise with laboratory building design.

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  • Adding Value to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, Australia

    The Flagship Research Facility for the SAHMRI headquarters will bring top researchers together in a new world-class facility that is integrated with the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, enabling the co-location of practitioners, patients, students and researchers in an industry – leading health and medical precinct. Laboratories include Biomedical Research, Research Support, Vivarium, and Cyclotron/cGMP Facility. Because the new research institutes’ focus had not yet been identified during the design phases, volunteers from local universities and hospitals known as Subject Matter Experts worked with RFD to develop laboratory spaces which could readily adapt to specific protocols and instrumentation both during construction and over the life of the building, with minimal disruption. RFD’s expertise and Historical Database were used to guide and validate the ratio of laboratory to laboratory support, the buildings’ net to gross efficiency, the lab area per researcher, as well as the number of animals per researcher. RFD’s Cagewashing Analysis Program was used to size infrastructure for the current vivarium design as well as planned expansion.

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  • Adding Value to The Li Ka Shing Cancer Research Institute, United Kingdom

    The Li Ka Shing Cambridge Research Institute is a collaborative translational research facility bringing together Cancer Research UK, several University of Cambridge research departments and Institutes, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Hutchison Medical Research Council to conduct world class, state of the art cancer research. Because specific user groups were not identified during the design process, surrogate user representatives provided guidance and feedback on the design direction. RFD’s Historical Database was used to compare similar completed projects for Critical Ratios such as Net/Gross Ratio, Laboratory/Laboratory Support Ratio, and Laboratory Area/Researcher, to ensure the facilities were properly sized and area allocations were appropriate. Innovative ways to increase holding densities were explored to maximize facility efficiency.

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  • Adding Value to The Science & Engineering Building, The American University, Cairo, Egypt

    In an effort to expand the Cairo population to the east of the existing city, Egyptian Government planned the city of “New Cairo”. The American University in Cairo (AUC) would be one of the first occupants once the new cities’ infrastructure was completed. AUC planned to increase its student population and to provide modern facilities for their students. With a tight design schedule RFD was engaged to help AUC quickly define its goals with the help of RFD’s metrics database of similar facilities. The science buildings include research and teaching laboratories and support spaces for the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Science, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Photograph credited to The American University in Cairo.

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  • Adding Value to The Engineering, Science & Technology Facilities, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia

    In the effort to become the leading engineering institution of higher learning in Malaysia and the far east region , the UTP embarked on an ambitious plan. They proposed to design an entire Engineering University of 1.5 million gross square feet within seven months, as well as starting construction within four months. RFD was engaged to help program and design the research & teaching laboratories. RFD worked in close collaboration with the University and Foster & Partners (London), spending several weeks in each location. Of particular value to the design team and the client was RFD’s large database of metrics to help design the appropriate facilities for the developed curriculum which was modeled after US engineering research and learning institutions. This process enabled the design team to quickly move into design development and ultimately meet the demanding design schedule. Photograph credited to Foster & Partners Architects.

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  • Adding Value to The J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, California

    The J. Craig Venter Institute building is being designed as a carbon-neutral laboratory building, creating all energy required to operate, and with a goal to recycle all waste water. The Institute's research will focus on genetic solutions to sustainability, including natural treatment of waste water to drinking water. The carbon footprint of all aspects of the building, from construction to use to adaptability, have been studied to determine the best choices from the beginning. This has led to an innovative “Plug and Play” support space scheme, where the function of all support spaces is readily changeable as research direction and instrumentation advancements dictate. The open research laboratory space is also highly flexible and readily changeable, reducing remodeling downtime and waste. Rendering credited to Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects.

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  • Adding Value to The Dell Pediatric Research Institute, University of Texas, Austin

    The Dell Pediatric Research Institute establishes a center of excellence for children’s health and biomedical research, merging UT Austin's core expertise in life sciences with the adjacent Dell Children's Medical Center, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary translational research. Grant based research dictated the laboratory facilities be designed for maximum adaptability, which was achieved by limiting fixed benching to support spaces and perimeter walls, allowing completely open laboratories with unlimited configuration potential. Every support space was designed with flexibility in mind, including the animal facility, which includes multi-species barrier and conventional holding. With no designated users, RFD’s Critical Ratios and expertise in this building type assure an outcome of flexible, adaptable laboratory space.

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