Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference offers exclusive tours of some of the most groundbreaking labs in the United States. This year’s tours offer unique looks into three laboratories built to optimize innovations in animal health, agriculture, and sustainability.
(Lab tour fees include breakfast and round-trip transportation from the hotel.)
Bayer Crop Science: Bee Care Center
The $2.4 million state-of-the-art facility is spread over approximately 6,000 square feet of space. The North American Bee Care Center houses a full laboratory and teaching apiary, honey extraction and workshop space, interactive learning center, and meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers, farmers and educators, as well as office space for graduate students. On-site honey bee colonies, pollinator-friendly gardens and a screened hive observation area serve to further education and collaboration that will foster significant improvement in honey bee health and stewardship measures and best management practices.
Syngenta Biotechnology Inc.: Innovation Center
Syngenta’s new campus includes a 200,000-square-foot Innovation Center, supporting the company’s organizational goal to enable a singular R&D culture and create a North American research and development campus. The center is an example of the implementation of new global workplace standards, providing facilities for collaboration and interaction by reinforcing the relationship between research and administrative functions. The complex is on track to achieve a three Green Globes rating (Green Building Institute certification process), with energy, site, water, and material requirements linked to performance and environmental responsibility.
Bayer Crop Science: “Glass Labs” Greenhouses
Since 2010, Bayer has invested nearly $150 million in their Research Triangle Park campus, which now houses both their North American Headquarters as well as their Global Seeds Headquarters. The Greenhouse compartments contain innovative features such as temperature and humidity control, diffuse glazing materials, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and fertigation systems, above and below bench air distribution, supplemental growth lighting and plant growth chambers, containment and security of research activities.