Adaptability is the answer: Planning for strategic recruiting and rapidly changing research needs

With reduced funding for capital projects and fierce competition for strategic hires it’s no longer affordable to onboard researchers triggering costly, customized renovations – facilities must be designed to adapt to changing needs without overinvesting. Charlie Klee and Amy Barrett detail adaptability features for Boston University’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering which brings together life scientists, engineers, and physicians with shared workspace, flexible labs, and shared core research space. They chart a planning process which identifies programmatically dependent constituents, differentiates between optional and essential relationships, and addresses the adaptability challenge from initial concept through project execution.