Research laboratory master planning: Goals, development strategies, and implementation processes

Nicole Smith, MMHC
Director, Space Management
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Donald Blair, FAIA, ACHA
Blair + Mui Dowd Architects, PC

Brian J. Dowd, AIA, LEED AP
Blair + Mui Dowd Architects, PC

Master planning research laboratory renovations can identify strategic opportunities to right-size existing laboratories, create space for recruiting, and upgrade aging facilities while limiting capital expenditures. Session leaders illustrate key components of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Dept. of Medicine Research Laboratory Masterplan including initial planning strategies, metrics used to assign space, challenges and solutions to aging building infrastructure, and lessons learned during the implementation. They outline methods for cataloging existing space and conditions, sequencing renovations over 5-, 10-, and beyond 15-year periods, and prioritizing future renovations with existing conditions, departmental growth goals, and campus initiatives as inputs. 

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Forum G
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:20pm-3:15pm
Continuing Education
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