Research Facilities 2018 - Overview

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The rate of change in research processes, technologies, tools, space and infrastructure requirements is accelerating!

Your organziation's labs and research facilities need to keep pace with these major planning issues: 

  1. Flexibility
  2. Support space
  3. Open, shared work environments
  4. Space allocation and utilization metrics  
  5. Shared resources
  6. Reduced capital expenditures
  7. Wet-damp-dry lab types
  8. Teaming, collaboration, and entrepreneurship
  9. Advanced mechanical systems and controls
  10. Sustainability

Attend this conference to forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and planning experts, and learn what is being done in terms of facility initiatives for the new directions in research work environments, space types, space utilization, systems, and costs – facility initiatives that address:

  • Traditionally independent programs and space are converging
  • Lab renovations are on the rise; outdated labs don’t attract researchers nor are they truly collaborative
  • New planning models reflect the idea that research space must inspire entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration
  • Lab planning priorities have shifted from bench space toward shared core research resources
  • Assigned space is decreasing
  • The demand for engineering and computational space is increasing
  • New space types are emerging
  • University-industry partnerships are changing lab configuration decisions
  • Legacy space allocation metrics are being revised or discarded
  • Shared equipment cores are reducing redundancy and cost, improving recruitment, and improving space utilization
  • There is a major move toward open offices for research leadership and staff
  • The need for support space is increasing
  • Many research facility portfolios are underperforming – wrong type/outdated/underutilized

Make this a key planning event for your project team (capital project people, lab planners, facility planners, facility engineers, consulting architects and engineers, operations managers, and research group leaders) to get everyone on the same planning page with respect to the details, numbers, processes, and expectations. Consulting architects and engineers must register with their clients.

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on April 25th:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of University Science and Engineering Facilities

PLUS! Tour these outstanding local research facilities:
The Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE), Boston University
Vertex Pharmaceuticals HQ

If you would like to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor, or would like updates on the conference as they become available please email [email protected] or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.

Who should attend?
This is the annual meeting for capital project teams, project managers, lab planners, architects, facility engineers, capital planners, facility managers, space managers, research program directors, and research compliance officers who have responsibility for planning, design, construction, and operations of laboratories and research facilities. Conference registration is open to those employed at research based organizations and their invited project teams. Consulting architects and engineers must register with their client project team. Pre-conference training is open regardless of affiliation. All paid attendees of the pre-conference training may register for full conference regardless of affiliation.