Raleigh Hosts 16th Annual Laboratory Design Conference

LDN Staff
May 12, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

05/03/2017 - 1:13pm by MaryBeth DiDonna

The 2017 Laboratory Design Conference was held in Raleigh, N.C. from April 24-26, and was attended by members of the laboratory design/build community. Speakers and guests enjoyed an outstanding educational and networking event, and conversed with colleagues involved in the planning, design, engineering, construction and operation of laboratory facilities.

Josh Meyer of Jacobs delivers the 2017 Laboratory Design Conference keynote address.

The event opened with Keynote speaker Josh Meyer of Jacobs discussing “The Next Generation of Collaborative Lab Space,” which detailed the importance of fostering collaboration when creating laboratory facilities. Josh presented “insider tours” of several prominent lab facilities around the U.S., and talked about the impact that social media has on such environments.

Integrating Environmental Health and Safety Issues into Lab Design

Integrating Environmental Health and Safety Issues into Lab Design

Top 10 Lab Design Pitfalls to Avoid

Best Practices for Achieving Flexibility and Enhancing Collaboration

Thermal Comfort and Glazing in Lab Spaces

Alcami Tech Center: Perspective from the Owner, Lab Planner and Engineer

The audience at the Laboratory Design Conference

The Laboratory in 2050

Glass Laboratories: R&D Greenhouses

Redefining Engineering Learning and Working Environments

Breakout sessions led by industry experts over two days covered a wide range of topics—lab pitfalls to avoid, innovation, renovation, plant science, flexibility, greenhouses, environmental health and safety, thermal comfort and glazing, and the future of lab design.

Handling Hazardous Materials in Your Laboratory

Getting What You Pay For: The Value of Lab Mock-ups

New to the Laboratory Design Conference this year were two workshops entitled, “Handling Hazardous Materials in Your Laboratory” and “Getting What You Pay For: The Value of Lab Mock-ups,” which both discussed innovative solutions to lab-related problems.

Specialty Lab Panel: Challenges and Best Practices in Vivarium, Cleanroom and Forensic Lab Design

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

Also new to the conference in 2017 were two discussion panels. A specialty lab panel was held on Day One—“Challenges and Best Practices in Vivarium, Cleanroom and Forensic Lab Design”—featuring experts in three different laboratory-related fields discussing what makes these laboratories unique and, at the same time, how they relate to each other, and what lessons can be learned. Day Two featured a sustainability panel entitled, “How Do Labs Become Green and Stay Green?” which shared perspectives on sustainability from the perspectives of lab planners/managers, architects, and construction professionals. A moderator served on each panel to kick off the discussions and field questions from the audience.

Click here to read more about just a few of our distinguished speakers: https://www.labdesignnews.com/article/2017/04/laboratory-design-conference-meet-speakers

Exhibit Hall

Attendees were able to visit the Exhibit Hall between sessions and during special networking breaks to see and talk about industry products and services, as well as mingle with colleagues and pursue new professional connections. Host venue Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley provided coffee and snacks, and attendees could fill out “passports” to win prizes, including gift cards and complementary registration to upcoming Laboratory Design Conferences.

Special Recognition for Innovative Systems

Special Recognition for Collaborative Learning Environment

Renovated Laboratory of the Year

Laboratory of the Year—High Honors

Laboratory of the Year

The Conference was capped off by the official reveal of the 2017 Laboratory of the Year winners, with in-depth discussions delivered by the winning project teams. Prizes were awarded in five categories: Special Recognition for Innovative Systems; Special Recognition for Collaborative Learning Environment; Renovated Laboratory of the Year; Laboratory of the Year—High Honors; and finally, Laboratory of the Year. Click here for details about the winners: https://www.labdesignnews.com/article/2017/04/2017-laboratory-year-winners-announced

In-depth feature articles about these award-winning facilities, including photographs, will be available in forthcoming issues of both Laboratory Design and R&D Magazine.

Bayer Crop Science greenhouse tour

Finally, tours of exemplary lab facilities—including those to which attendees would not otherwise have access—were offered as part of the Laboratory Design Conference experience. Participants were able to visit the Bayer Crop Science facility, the Bayer Bee Care facility, and Syngenta Biotechnology Inc.’s Innovation Center, where site staff members and design/build experts were on hand to explain the venues and field questions from tour attendees.

Conference attendees were able to earn credits through the American Institute of Architects, and general CEUs were offered for non-AIA members.

Laboratory Design tweeted comments and photos throughout the event, and attendees also tweeted using the hashtag #2017LDC. Click the links to read what they had to say and to view photos! 

Laboratory Design is grateful to all attendees and staff members who made the 2017 Laboratory Design Conference such a success. We will soon be announcing the venue and dates for the 2018 Laboratory Design Conference, so stay tuned to www.labdesignnews.com and @labdesignnews on Twitter (hashtag: #2018LDC) for this exciting announcement.

Additionally, we invite you to join us in Madrid, Spain, for our inaugural International Laboratory Design Conference, which will be held on Sept. 20-22, 2017. Information and a registration link is available at https://international.labdesignconference.com—we hope to see you there!