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An environment that invites interaction encourages the people within it to generate new ideas. A wealth of evidence supports this premise, and nowhere is it more valuable than in the science and technology sector – where innovation can truly achieve life-changing results.
That is why our engineers are committed to exploring the latest technologies to realise dynamic learning and research facilities. Our in
house Smart Space team has developed unique software that allows us to model how scientists move around buildings, identify areas for
potential interaction, and deliver designs that support collaborative working practices.
The value of this work is exemplified in projects such as the Michael Uren Building at Imperial College London, which saw us deliver a pioneering biomedical hub that brings biologists and engineers together to develop new treatments for a variety of conditions. In the USA, our work on the Harvard Allston Science Complex realised flexible learning and research facilities that can adapt to support a rapidly increasing student population.
We are increasingly involved with large scale projects, such as the Ri.MED campus in Palermo. Here, we developed a masterplan and subsequent strategies to create a complex that will enable scientists from across the world to work together, undertaking ground breaking
translational research to advance modern medicine.
As well as delivering projects for some of the world’s leading technology companies and science institutions, we continue to pursue our own research into low emission laboratories. Over the last year we have been promoting this thinking, and the engineering that can achieve it, at conferences across the USA and Europe.
Delivering the structural stability required to advance the future of science and engineering
The number of students studying at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has tripled over the past decade. This project will realise a seven storey, purpose built facility that will enhance the university’s reputation for excellence by providing exemplary laboratory and teaching spaces. We drew on engineering talent from across our New York, Boston and London offices to develop a structural design for the complex that will deliver modern, vibrant spaces fitting both our client and the architect’s expectations, on top of existing foundations and basement levels left over from a previous project.
Establishing a translational research community on the outskirts of Palermo
Set to become a leading scientific institute for Europe, Ri.MED will provide scientists from across the world with cutting edge facilities in which to undertake translational research to advance modern medicine. One of the key challenges facing our engineers came in meeting the strict vibration guidelines for scientific laboratories in a region of high seismic activity. Our solution was to establish weight and stability throughout the building with a reinforced concrete structure, which both reduced vibration levels and delivered the strength required to realise flexible, open plan laboratory spaces that facilitate translational research.
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Developing a dynamic fume ventilation system for an urban biomedical research centre
Michael Uren Biological Engineering Building, Imperial College London
This pioneering biomedical hub will establish an exceptional translational research facility in the heart of London. The disciplines of biology and engineering are fused within this building, with the aim of develop life-changing biomedical treatments for people affected by a variety of conditions.
One of the key issues associated with locating a scientific research centre in an urban environment is managing exhaust fumes to ensure contaminants are not released into the surrounding atmosphere.
To combat this, we developed a dynamic strategy by which fumes are diluted by the ventilation system to a safe level – in accordance with the strength and direction of the prevailing wind – before they are exhausted from the building. This clever engineering has allowed Imperial College to expand their research facilities while remaining in the heart of their emerging urban campus.
Uniting university research initiatives with the needs of the local community in a world class medical centre
BuroHappold is providing infrastructure and utilities engineering for the major expansion of this world class biomedical research, patient care and scientific education centre. Our team has developed integrated strategies for the sustainable management of energy, water and waste, and worked with the wider project team to plan an effective phasing strategy for the development. We have engaged with differing stakeholders and user groups throughout our work, and this has enabled us to develop a coordinated design for the site wide infrastructure that will support the needs of the hospital, the university, and the local community.
Engineering a facade with surgical precision to realise exceptional facilities for medical students
The Vagelos Education Centre incorporates state of the art classrooms, a leading edge simulation centre and attractive areas for collaborative study and socialising to deliver exceptional facilities for medical students.
As facade engineers for this project, we developed an innovative design that is in keeping with the pioneering work taking place within the building.
We used a frameless glass fin system, supported by structural reinforced concrete slabs, to render an elegant facade that draws daylight in.
The high performance curtain wall responds to changing seasons and times of day to keep occupants comfortable with minimum energy use.