Renovating Flexible Laboratories for Changing Research

Monday, April 24, 11:10 - 12:00 PM

Room #: Salon F-H

While the term “flexible laboratory design” has been a buzzword in laboratory planning in recent years, there are true advantages with regards to cost savings and reduced schedule when flexible laboratories are renovated years after their initial design. This session will review components of a flexible lab system including modular casework, flexible utility connections and demountable partition systems. Pre-installation of key MEP equipment above the ceiling, which allows for quick and easy additions of future power, data, plumbing, laboratory gases and exhaust components, will be discussed. Two case studies will be presented to illustrate the benefits of flexible lab modifications and renovations.