Science and Technology
Creating research facilities that inspire and connect
Precision matters. Whether that’s in scientific research, or in designing a lab to house that research, BuroHappold understand that science and technology projects always need to meet stringent criteria. Perhaps part of the lab needs to be kept secure and contaminate-free? Another requirement might be to isolate an area at a constant extreme heat or cold, or allow for particular environmental conditions to suit certain equipment, away from vibration, acoustic or magnetic interference. The experienced team at BuroHappold will work with you to create a lab that meets all your needs now, but is flexible enough to allow for future expansion.
Increasingly, big science complexes are choosing city centre locations over campuses. ‘Accelerated serendipity’ occurs when interaction is built into the environment, and BuroHappold’s understanding of this means that we will create social spaces where ideas happen, discoveries occur, connections are made and investigations undertaken.
Reducing operating costs and the carbon footprint of a research building are criteria that will always be met by us. We understand that what works and how you do it is continually evolving. The engineering of science and technology buildings is demanding, as are the expectations placed on the outputs of those buildings. The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Imperial College’s Michael Uren Building and The Institute of Food Research’s Quadram Building are just some of our buildings that meet our client’s precise needs, both now and in the future.
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 developed 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.
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.
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. 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. Our facade engineers chosen 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.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“They are really good on lab projects, and everything else we build is easier than that, so also well within their capabilities.”
Richard Garfield, Senior Project Manager, Imperial College London