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University Chemistry Labs Redesigned

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BHDP has redesigned the way university chemistry labs should look and feel. Out with cinderblock walls and dated furniture, and in with custom labs, state-of-the-art cameras, flat screens and lounge areas.  George Kemper, architect and senior laboratory planner at BHDP, explains in the March/April issue of School Construction News how BHDP worked with Cleveland State University to transform its chemistry […]

What is the minimum requirement of a federally mandated Energy Code?

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In my last post on this topic I laid out the case for how we will eventually have a federally mandated energy code.  The next obvious questions:  What will be the basis of that code? And who will author the standard?   This is the point where you get barraged with a confusing series of […]

Are we moving towards a federally mandated Energy Code?

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Building Codes, seen as instruments to protect public health and safety have traditionally been regulated by State Governments.  Energy codes are generally accepted as part of Building Codes. As part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 the Federal Government required States to establish standards for commercial building energy codes and to consider minimum residential […]

Speed Round Show on Leadership

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Listen to BHDP’s Retail Market Leader Andrew McQuilkin speak about Leadership in Retail Design. An interview by Grace Daly from ShopTalkEvolution

Naming Work Today

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Placing a name on something brings more meaning to it. A name describes an object of interest, providing additional insight into what the object is. For example, think about the sky. The sky is a big entity that we can all associate with. But give the sky a “name”, and a different understanding is gained: […]

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 […]

BSC and the Use of Gas

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This article, presents a pretty good argument in favor of not allowing gas in a BSC. Many companies utilize gas in the BSC (Biological Safety Cabinet) to sterilize their loops. As consultants we need to bring these potential issues up to our clients when discussing how they will be using the BSC. • The flame […]

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 […]