Research Facilities 2018 - Overview

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Early registration discount ends Friday, March 23rd *

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 major changes in planning, design, renovation, and construction of research labs and support facilities.

Attend this conference to forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and planning experts, and learn how they are responding to new directions in lab design, research work environments, space types, space utilization, systems, and costs with facility initiatives that address these new realities:

  • Traditionally independent research programs and space are converging
  • There is a major move to increase space utilization for labs and support space
  • Repurposing non-science space for research is on the rise 
  • 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  • Lab renovations are on the rise; outdated labs won’t attract new recruits nor are they collaborative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 research workspace standards are changing designs for flexibility and adaptability 
  • Assigned space is decreasing; new space types are emerging
  • Bench space is decreasing; computational space is increasing
  • Lab automation is creating a demand for new types of workspace outside the lab
  • 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 staff
  • Many research facility portfolios are underperforming – wrong type/outdated/underutilized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 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.