The Evolution of Next-Generation Labs

Monday, April 29, 11:20 - 12:10 PM

Room #: Manatee Spring I & II

Prompted by the evolution of the digital era in both data gathering and communications, laboratory research is in the midst of radical transformations in both organization and methodology—aiming at becoming more efficient and productive. This session will explore all aspects of lab research through the lens of three recent R&D campus master plans and subsequent renovation projects. 

Attendees will learn how research can become more productive through changes in facility design and operations. Furthermore, these design strategies promote plan configurations that allow for restructure and changes without significant impacts to capital costs. Not only has the design of laboratories been greatly impacted by the digital era, but workplaces have also undergone a similar transformation. 

All forms of digital communications are resulting in changes to the structure of the office environment, including from open seating areas to unassigned seating, a wide variety of meeting spaces and communication devices, and telecommuting. All of these changes have been conceived with analytical tools and measurements that strive to create a highly effective and efficient laboratory workplace and plan organizations. 

Key Takeaways: 
•    Factors that influence productive laboratory research. 
•    Laboratory and workplace configurations that promote effective collaboration. 
•    Planning for increased workflow and spatial efficiency.
•    Planning for cultural change.
•    New laboratory organizations and methods of working with existing workplace cultures.
•    Efficient laboratory designs to react to dynamic changes while allowing for the possibility of reorganization and change.
•    Efficient laboratory workflows to accommodate myriad needs and criteria in the lab.

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