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 ...

Planning Science Facility Collaboration Spaces

Monday, April 23, 2:20 - 3:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

Contemporary science facilities increasingly integrate formal and informal interaction and collaboration areas into their Space Program, acknowledging the value of these historically “found” spaces. What are the most productive types of these spaces, and what are the metrics for measuring productivity? What is the character of these spaces as compared to more formalized learning spaces, and how big should they ...

The Challenge for Architects: Electron Microscopes Belong on the Moon

Monday, April 23, 2:20 - 3:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom B

Question: What laboratory device is the size of a Subaru Outback, weighs roughly 7,000 pounds, costs approximately $5.5M, and requires an environment that is best achieved with gravity as its only ambient influence? Answer: A powerful electron microscope, a device that is at the leading edge of a new wave of breakthroughs in cell biology and cancer research.

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Take the Pain Out: Smart Design to Create Ergonomic Labs

Monday, April 23, 3:20 - 4:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

The world is evolving quickly, and scientific research developments are keeping pace. However, the laboratories these scientists are working in sometimes look like relics of the past. Today’s laboratory technology and research requires intense hand-eye coordination, precise arm movements, manual materials handling, acute visual concentration and, above all, repetition. The scientists working in these high-tech labs are exposed to a ...

The Integrated Project Delivery Method: Implementing Flexible, Integrated, High Performance Lab Design

Monday, April 23, 4:20 - 5:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

This presentation will focus on the design of Brown University’s new Engineering Research Center, completed in November of 2017. Utilizing an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method, the design team worked closely with Brown faculty, project consultants, construction manager, and subcontractors from the onset of design. This presentation explores the opportunities and challenges the design team faced as they worked to ...

The 15 Week Lab Building

Tuesday, April 24, 11:10 - 12:00 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

Programming, planning and delivering construction documents for a 40,000 sq ft academic STEM laboratory building can be a trying and lengthy process for all stakeholders. This presentation provides strategies and lessons learned from a recent project when the programming and design process is condensed into 15 weeks. Success for rapid and agile project delivery depends on an experienced and ...

The Evolution of Graphic Design in the Lab: Teaching Moments

Tuesday, April 24, 1:20 - 2:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

Through advancements in technology, graphics are changing the way labs and lab buildings are designed. Thoughtful graphic design can expand the teaching environment from being just the lab to showcase the entire building. Through a deep dive into specific projects, attendees will learn that every surface in a building can now be a teaching moment. Depending on how literal or ...

Collateral Damage: Avoiding Unexpected Costs and Scope in Complex Renovations of Dense Lab Environments

Tuesday, April 24, 2:20 - 3:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

Conceptual design is rife with dollar per square foot calculations to give institutions a ROM (rough order of magnitude) price on various capital project ideas. What is often overlooked is the collateral damage to the adjacent spaces and the base building operations required to do the project. The inherent cost of dismantling existing spaces—only to have to rebuild them back ...

Anchoring Design Decisions on Research Discovery: The GWUH Laboratory

Tuesday, April 24, 3:20 - 4:10 PM

Room #: Liberty Ballroom A

Lab renovations take a team effort with the best results involving close cooperation with the client and lab planner. User engagement in the early stages of lab design provide direction and decisions. In the case of The Clinical and Anatomic Pathology Lab at George Washington University Hospital (GWUH), several goals were in mind in planning the redesign of this facility ...

Better, Faster, Lower Cost: Optimizing Lab Project Outcomes Through Design-Build Delivery

Tuesday, April 24, 3:20 - 4:10 PM

Speaker(s): Jamie Doran

Room #: Liberty Ballroom B

When owners are considering undertaking a renovation or building a new facility, they have options for the project delivery method they choose to achieve their goals. In today’s market, the most common path is through the Design-Bid-Build (DBB) project delivery method, but is this really the best path? Often owners feel that DBB allows them to maintain control of a ...

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