I²SL Annual Conference in Boston\

Hawkins\Brown will be giving two talks at the I²SL Annual Conference 2017, a technical forum where information is exchanged covering the life cycle of a laboratory from design to use.

The I²SL Annual Conference is the leading international conference focused on strategies to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities.

Below are the details of both Hawkins\Brown talks that will take place on Tuesday 17 October 2017.


Tuesday 17 October 2017

The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
2 Copley Pl Ste 105
United States
MA 02116

Bookings closed.

Positive Outcomes of Creative Re-Use

Speakers: Oliver Milton and Julia Roberts, Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown has been working with the University of Oxford for over a decade. In this time we have collaborated on over 15 projects ranging in type, scale and function for many University Faculties and colleges. That being said the majority of these projects are concentrated within the University’s Science Area and form a significant part of their world-class research estate.

This presentation will concentrate on the refurbishment of the 1970s Tinsley Building into the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. An excellent example of where an existing building can be modified and refurbished to provide world class research facilities similar to what is typically achievable in a new-build project, with few of the drawbacks normally associated with refurbishing an existing building.

Learning Points

  • Overview of the University of Oxford’s estates strategy and priority areas as a typical example of development challenges within the UK HE market
  • An appreciation for what existing buildings have to offer
  • How open mindedness and honest discussions at the start of a project can lead to better value-for-money solutions long term
  • An appreciation for the importance of learning from your existing estate - good and bad

Deep Plan vs. Daylight

Speakers: Oliver Milton, Hawkins\Brown and Andy Parker, Buro Happold Engineering

There is a conflict between providing flexible, technical laboratory buildings - that thrive on large deep floor plates - and spaces for people that are naturally lit. In laboratory buildings it is usually the case that the deep-plan approach prevails and the well-being and environmental comfort of the occupants takes second billing. However, recent changes in lighting technology, design tools and user expectations have introduced opportunities to re-think the status quo and challenge this thinking.

Oliver and Andy will use their experience of European lab building design to investigate this, and explore the issues around natural vs. artificial lighting.

Learning Points

  • An understanding of the issues around occupant well-being and artificial and natural lighting
  • An understanding of changes in technology associated with artificial lighting
  • An understanding of the building design opportunities that maximize natural lighting and user well-being whilst not compromising on laboratory efficiency, flexibility and safety
  • An introduction to new interactive design tools for modeling, analyzing and predicting artificial and natural lighting levels linked to user working practices and movement

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