JOURNAL: LABORATORY DESIGN

Contemporary research engages teams of researchers working together to solve complex problems. Today’s laboratory facilities bring different scientific disciplines under one roof to create opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary discovery. Yet physical laboratory space requirements often vary greatly among the disciplines, resulting in unique challenges in laboratory planning and programming.

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CO Architects and MATT Construction have partnered together to create an efficient design-build project delivery method built on trust, transparency and flexibility. This collaboration has produced specialized laboratories at Caltech that are innovative and dynamic for the unique researchers. The design-build partnership allows for easy communication, a quick schedule and complex design opportunities that ultimately produces successful, well-executed design and construction.    

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Associate Principal and Senior Laboratory Planner Jennifer Swedell recaps her first day with CO and the growth of the Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.

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How does delivery method affect the architect’s design process? Here is a glimpse into how Design-Build influenced the façade design on the CSUS Science II project.

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The newly completed Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Campus advances the desert vernacular of its predecessor and neighbor, the CO-designed Health Science Education Building (HSEB). While the copper facade is the most visible sustainable measure, this LEED Silver-certified building features a multitude of innovative sustainable technologies and designs.

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How has the changing pace of the design profession influenced design quality?  Here at CO we have developed systems that ensure high design quality and productivity no matter the pace of a project.

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Driven by his interest in understanding processes and tools used to construct the buildings we design, designer Chris Kaiser reached out to our contractor at the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix, to arrange a climb up a tower crane and experience it first-hand.