Research Facilities 2016


Tradeline’s 36th annual conference on research facilities focuses on the big sweeping changes that are occurring in research facility space allocation, utilization concepts, wet-damp-dry lab types, lab/office planning, support space and core research facilities, and capital and operating costs. The content of this conference has major planning implications for research facility and lab renovations, upgrades, new construction and expansions.

Here you’ll get the details on new planning metrics and solutions being implemented for high space utilization, transparency, open offices (in all sectors), less permanently assigned workspace, centralized research cores, adaptability, scalability, interactive, multi- and interdisciplinary work environments, and cost reduction. 

Specifically, you’ll benchmark and learn solutions from leading research organizations and how they are responding to the new directions in research facility planning and operation:

  • Legacy space allocation metrics (grant $, # of staff, etc.) are being revised or discarded.
  • The demand for computational/informatics space is increasing dramatically.
  • Individual office size is shrinking, and the demand for office space (total square footage) is moderately increasing.
  • There is a major move toward open offices in research facilities.
  • Lab planning priorities are shifting from bench space toward shared core research facilities.
  • Shared core research facilities are reducing equipment redundancy and cost, improving recruitment, and maximizing space utilization.
  • New standards for “wet” bench space signal a trend toward smaller modules.
  • The demand for “wet” space (as a percentage of the whole) is decreasing.
  • Most research facility portfolios are greatly underperforming -- wrong type/outdated/underutilized.
  • The concept of shared bench, cores, and support space has taken hold.
  • Assigned space is decreasing in favor of shared bench, cores, and support space.
  • The need for support space is increasing.
  • It is possible to rein-in and recapture underutilized research space -- and there is plenty of underutilized space.
  • New planning models reflect the idea that research space must inspire entrepreneurship and collaboration.
  • Energy efficiency for lab buildings today includes heat recovery, chilled beams, neutral air systems, and sophisticated control systems.
  • Building Information and Management Systems are impacting everything from reducing energy use to maximizing space utilization.
  • Lab renovations are on the rise because 7+ year-old labs won’t attract researchers nor are they productive.

PLUS! This special primer course on May 1st!
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Modern Labs and MEP Systems

PLUS! Tour these outstanding Boston area research facilities:
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Harvard University, Sherman Fairchild Regenerative Medicine Facility
Pfizer Research Center

If you would like to participate as a sponsor, or would like updates as they become available please email or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.

Who should attend?
This is the annual meeting for research facility owners from government, academic, and private sector organizations who have responsibility for planning, design, construction, operation and complaince of research facilities. This includes capital project teams, project managers, facility engineers, capital planners, facility managers, space managers, research program directors, and research compliance officers. Conference registration is open to those employed at research based organizations, and their invited project teams. Pre-conference training is open regardless of affiliation. All paid attendees of the pre-conference training may register for full conference.