Cutting-Edge Boomer Building Renovations: Transforming the Labs of the Past into the Labs of the Future

Monday, April 23, 11:10 - 12:00 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

The fast pace of change is challenging lab building owners to do more with less while staying ahead of evolving research and instructional requirements. These same owners are also frequently saddled with “Boomer Buildings” —aging buildings constructed between 1950 and 1970. This presentation will identify methods that owners, lab managers and designers can implement to maximize existing space while ensuring that facilities are state-of-the-art, efficient and comfortable for their occupants. Through the lens of a case study of the University of Virginia Health System campus, attendees will come away with solutions to the challenges that arise when renovating facilities built between 1950 and 1970.

The University of Virginia Health System campus is currently undertaking laboratory improvements that represent an excellent example of how campus-wide strategic planning efforts can be implemented in new construction and applied to renovations. We will examine the steps needed to determine when to renovate or tear down existing facilities and then define and expand on several design strategies that can be applied to existing buildings once the decision to renovate has been made.

This presentation will provide a deep dive into the key takeaways from this cutting-edge renovation project, with particular emphasis on how the adherence to ambitious goals from the start of the project enabled a successful design outcome. Throughout this interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their own experiences and the challenges associated with “Boomer Building” lab renovations.

Attendees will:

• Define methods for creating forward-thinking campus-wide strategies that maximize space, efficiencies and occupant comfort.

• Understand the steps needed to determine when to renovate and when to build new from an owner perspective.

• Identify the major trends in laboratory renovations for buildings built between 1950 and 1970.

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