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R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The Weekly”

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R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The Weekly”

JLL’s research director on R&D hubs, HKS on modular hotels, and an award-winning student center highlight the August 6 episode of "The Weekly" from Horizon TV .

By BD+C Editors | August 2, 2020
R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The Weekly”
R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The Weekly”

Which U.S. cities will be the “life sciences innovation hubs” of the future? What has one designer learned about using modular building systems to build hotels? And what happens when students really get involved in the design of their university’s student center?

These are some of the topics that were addressed on the August 6 episode of “The Weekly,” the live streaming news and analysis program from Horizon TV. 

Watch the episode on demand at: https://horizontv.bdcnetwork.com.



David Barista, Editorial Director of BD+C, talked with Audrey Symes, Research Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences with JLL, about the findings of the newly released “JLL 2020 U.S. Life Sciences Outlook.”


Audrey Symes, Research Director with JLL,

Audrey Symes, Research Director with JLL, will discuss the findings of the newly released “JLL 2020 U.S. Life Sciences Outlook.”


The report tracks the progress of up-and-coming life sciences innovation hubs across the U.S., and details the coming worldwide prescription drug boom and what it means for R&D-related facilities.



Segment two presented the Emory University Student Center, the Platinum Award winner in the 2020 Building Design+Construction Building Team Awards - the competition’s highest honor. The student center is remarkable because Emory students participated in the early design discussions and had a crucial role in selecting the winning architecture firm in a 5-firm design competition.


The Building Team for the LEED Platinum Student Center at Emory University, Atlanta.


BD+C Executive Editor Robert Cassidy engaged in a lively conversation with recent Emory graduate Claire Dakhlia, LEED GA, who was among the many Emory students who participated in discussions with architects from the winning firm, Duda|Paine Architects (co-submitter with Holder Construction, the CM at risk), represented by Project Architect Scott Shell. Dr. Ben Perlman, Student Center Director, provides background on the university’s sustainability goals for this LEED Platinum facility.



In our concluding segment, Tom Sprinkle, AIA, Principal and Design Director for HKS in San Francisco, talked with BD+C Senior Editor about HKS's deployment of modular design and construction in its hotel projects, especially how modular can sometimes solve a lot of problems, including tight schedules, confined jobsites, and construction costs.


Tom Sprinkle, AIA, leads HKS's work on modular hotel design

Tom Sprinkle, AIA, leads HKS's work on modular hotel design.


HKS evaluated 15 modular building companies before it found the right choice. Sprinkle also unveils the qualities HKS looks for in its modular building supplier.



“The Weekly” is a production of Horizon TV, the online broadcast arm of SGC Horizon LLC, publishers of Building Design+Construction, Multifamily Design+Construction, Professional Builder, ProRemodeler, and Construction Equipment. The program is hosted by Tony Mancini, Principal—Group Director, SGC Horizon.


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