Author Archives: Larry DiGennaro

Successful Partnerships

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The idea of creating successful partnerships can be illusive, but it’s power to translate basic research into practical applications is fundamental. It’s often hard to know the difference between a collaborator and competitor, so there is a natural hesitation to share information. However, in today’s world of increasing complexity the necessity for partnerships is greater […]

On Collaboration

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We live in an amazingly connected world; a world where our ability to share ideas which will someday create great things far exceeds the wildest dreams of even the most creative minds of the previous generation. A world that has been flattened by the internet has been connected by international travel and has been politically […]

The Value of Skilled Labor

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  I’m seeing increasing evidence that skilled labor and the people who produce it are growing in value to business owners. So even in an economy with a nearly 10% unemployment rate, why are these key employees in short supply?  The answer is simple, it’s because our idea that the value of labor is rooted […]

Voices from the most recent NIH Biocontainment Conference

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a two day Lessons Learned Workshop at NIH related to Biomedical Research Facilities that have been built in the last several years. In today’s complex world we architects are trying, harder than ever it seems, to meet the needs of our client with each project, but today, our […]

Tunneling through the Cost Barrier might provide better spaces forpeople

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If you’ve been to a seminar on sustainable practices lately, you may have heard the popular concept that tunneling through cost barriers might provide better spaces for people. To my knowledge, the concept was popularized by Paul Hawkins, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins in their book, Natural Capitalism, more than 10 years ago. So […]

Evolution of Tools

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Like it or not, the availability of tools we can use to alter our world is always affected by current events happening on the global stage.  I’ve been involved in the architectural profession since the mid-1980’s and the design of laboratory and process environments since 1989.  Yesterday, I saw a presentation made by one of […]

Manufacturing Spaces of the Future

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I spoke to an engineer the other day who was involved in the design of a manufacturing cleanroom for a materials science application.  This project required extremely low temperature and humidity conditions.  My first question was:  “Do people have to work in those spaces?” He said:  “Yes and with special gowning they can survive in […]