Keynote: The Next Generation of Collaborative Lab Space

Monday, April 24, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Speaker(s): Josh Meyer

Room #: Salon A-E

One of the top goals of any research building is to foster collaboration. Reality check: Unfortunately, this objective is rarely achieved to the extent your clients anticipate. This compelling presentation will focus on insider virtual tours of what has traditionally been successful—and the actual impact social media is having on these environments today—and the lessons learned. 

Pop Up Labs in the Innovation Corridor

Monday, April 24, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Room #: Salon F-H

Pop up restaurants are everywhere ... so why not pop up labs? Pop up labs are used in the "innovation corridor" in order to engage, excite and promote science in our everyday lives.

This presentation will present North Carolina State University's vision of reshaping the College of Sciences crossroads for Science and Creativity. This is a new take on the future ...

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 ...

Best Practices for Achieving Flexibility and Enhancing Collaboration

Monday, April 24, 2:40 - 3:30 PM

Room #: Salon F-H

This session will explore planning approaches for creating integrated science facilities that drive efficiency and embody future flexibility with regards to cost, program and building systems. The presentation will examine three new science building projects that feature openness and transparency to promote comfort, efficiency, safety, productivity and collaboration. Design opportunities and options that integrate physical space, program and user experience to ...

Sustainability Lab Panel: How Do Labs Become Green and Stay Green?

Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room #: Salon A-E

Join us for a panel-style discussion on laboratory sustainability—how to achieve "green" standards and how to maintain them. An audience Q&A will follow our expert panel.

The Laboratory in 2050

Tuesday, April 25, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Room #: City of Oaks

The Laboratory of the Half Century (a.k.a. Lab2050) is an initiative by SmithGroupJJR which endeavors to dig deep into the scientific trends, new technologies and economics that will shape the design concepts of research laboratory environments in the coming decades. To explore these challenges, Lab2050 is divided into six sub-categories focused on common themes often discussed in today’s ...

Glass Laboratories: R&D Greenhouses

Tuesday, April 25, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Room #: Salon F-H

Plant-based research and pharmaceuticals have received notoriety in recent years due to challenges in both the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. Global challenges facing the agriculture industry include hunger faced by a growing population, as well as drought and disease resistance. Pharmaceutical advances are now using plants to create vaccines for infections such as pandemic flu and Ebola. The facilities that ...

Thermal Comfort and Glazing in Lab Spaces

Tuesday, April 25, 1:30 - 2:20 PM

Room #: Salon F-H

In laboratory spaces, mechanical systems, such as perimeter heating, compensate for shortcomings in envelope performance to provide a thermally comfortable environment. However, with an increased interest in maximizing energy efficiency and providing healthy spaces for occupants, this model is due for reconsideration. With a better understanding of how thermal comfort is affected by different glazing performance criteria and geometries in ...

Designing for Plant Science Research

Tuesday, April 25, 3:30 - 4:20 PM

Room #: City of Oaks

Plant science is a growing research field that focuses on many current global issues including plant health and production, food security, bio-based fuels for clean energy, pharmaceutics and environmental conservation. There is, and will continue to be, a need to educate and employ an increasing number of agro-related researchers to meet the demands of the future. This session will introduce the ...