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Maximizing Lab Effectiveness with Purpose-Built Lab Design

Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 - 12:20 PM

Room #: Regency Ballroom Q

“We’re making it work, but it’s not ideal.” This is a typical problem that labs face—research evolves, business needs can change, and often the design of the lab and supporting spaces no longer accommodate the current science. 

When the facility doesn’t work as needed (more tests than planned, not enough storage, too much walking between functions, etc.), employees will naturally find ways around the problem spots or workarounds about which their bosses may not even be aware. Because the very nature of labs means that they are often expense centers, not profit generators, such workarounds may be hindering the lab’s core mission and may lead to unnecessary, ongoing expenditures. 

In this session attendees will discover how labs can go from functioning in a disorganized way to becoming masters of productivity and output. With purpose-built design lab programming, labs can optimize their functions, allowing personnel, tasks and equipment to be organized in ways that make sense, and allow for future growth. Which lab types will benefit most from purpose-built design and which will not? Real-life success stories will provide answers. 

Key Takeaways:
•    Identify purpose-built lab design.
•    Understand the basics of how to re-configure a lab for optimum use and future flexibility.
•    Determine which labs are able to undertake purpose-built design and which are less likely to find it useful.
•    Recognize the successes that other labs have found through redesign and understand the benefits that can be gained by your lab with purpose-built design.

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