Research Facilities 2018 - Overview

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It’s ALL changing fast – research processes, lab designs, workspace, support space, equipment demands, and infrastructure requirements.

Your organization's labs and research facilities need to keep pace with these major planning, design, and construction 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 lab design, research work environments, space types, space utilization, systems, and costs – facility initiatives that address these new realities:

  • Traditionally independent research programs and space are converging
  • Priorities have shifted toward shared core research resources and new research workspace models
  • Lab renovations are on the rise; outdated labs won’t attract new recruits nor are they collaborative
  • New space plans must be highly flexible and adaptable  
  • Assigned space is decreasing; New space types are emerging
  • Engineering and computational space must be considered for all new projects; They are now essential for all areas of research
  • Outdated, underutilized space must be reclaimed and repurposed
  • University-industry partnerships are changing lab configuration and design decisions
  • Legacy space allocation metrics are being revised or discarded
  • Shared equipment cores are reducing cost, improving recruitment, and increasing space utilization
  • There is a major move toward open offices for research leadership and staff
  • The demand for new types of 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  • Many research facility portfolios are underperforming – wrong type/outdated/underutilized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 Research Labs and MEP Systems

PLUS! Tour these outstanding local research facilities:
The Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE) at 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.