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The Scientific Method at Work: Designing Labs for Productivity

Monday, April 29, 3:20 - 4:10 PM

Room #: Regency Ballroom Q

Laboratories are some of the most technically challenging types of spaces to design. Once the technical aspects are accounted for, what separates the good labs from the great? The answer lies in productivity. 

Whether the lab is for research, testing or teaching, operating at optimal potential is the goal of any lab. What does the latest research tell us about how labs can be more productive? This presentation will start with a brief history of laboratory design, followed by a discussion of productivity metrics which are translatable to various laboratory types. 

Numerous design strategies and features which maximize productivity will be presented, with examples from recent laboratory work. The research and evidence behind enabling productivity will be cited and explained, as well as how lab productivity strategies effect sustainability, safety and job satisfaction.

Key Takeaways:
•    Gain an appreciation of the history of lab design.
•    Appreciate the importance of designing for human and automated productivity.
•    Understand how lab productivity is measured.
•    Learn a variety of productivity enhancing strategies and features.

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