The 2013 International Conference on Research Facilities - Overview

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This is the annual meeting for capital project teams, project managers, research program directors, facility managers, facility engineers, capital planners, scientists, faculty, and research operations managers to benchmark best-in-class plans and programs, build on successes and lessons learned from others, and shape actionable new plans for their institutions.

Six new change-producing forces are dramatically reshaping research facility plans, space standards, and operating models – forces that are the result of new entrepreneurial and business-mission thinking for research programs. These forces are rendering conventional lab plans and standards obsolete and uncompetitive, and they are:

1. New business models for research and development programs and facilities,
2. A radical change in technology, science, and the way research gets done,
3. Intensified pressure to translate bench results to product-scale results,
4. Increased competition for top-notch people and funding,
5. Faster turnover of research programs and equipment, and
6. Escalating research program costs (energy, facilities, and personnel)

At this conference you'll get the 2013-and-beyond research and development facility solutions and you'll see the effect that the new plans will have on facility use, operations, and costs. You'll also learn what it takes to update old, traditional lab plans and research infrastructure to compete on the recruitment, financial, and research productivity fronts.

Here, you'll get the details on planning, design, construction, operations, and costs for research and development facilities expansions, new construction, and facility makeovers that are:

• Increasing collaborative activity and research productivity
• Creating highly flexible space
• Shrinking square footage standards
• Raising facility utilization
• Creating superior linkages between research and product development
• Bringing old lab space up to competitive standards
• Anticipating the future of scientific instrumentation and research functions
• Lowering facility operating costs
• Reducing energy use
• Meeting new standards for sustainability
• Benefiting from the new, innovative lab furniture systems
• Getting the most out of tightly constrained financial resources

PLUS! Pre-conference course:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Modern Labs & Lab MEP Systems

PLUS! Tour these high-profile research facilities:
- Pfizer Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) at the Center for Life Sciences Building
- The Albert Sherman Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
- The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)
- National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (NEIDL) at Boston Univ. Medical Center

If you would like to participate as a speaker or sponsor, or would like updates as they become available please email Bill Nothofer at: [email protected] or call (925) 254-1744 ext. 119.

 

Who should attend?

This is the annual meeting for capital project teams, project managers, research program directors, facility managers, facility engineers, capital planners, scientists, faculty, and research operations managers to benchmark best-in-class plans and programs, build on successesand lessons learned from others, and shape actionable new plans for their institutions.

A limited number of contracted architects, engineers, builders, and consultants may apply for registration if they are attending with an owner's management team. (Please contact Tradeline to receive a special application for your attendance - Phone: (925) 254-1744 x12 or email [email protected]).