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

At this conference you’ll get the new metrics, facility features, and capital project strategies for the major changes now occurring in research laboratory work environments. This includes new designs for labs, higher utilization concepts, wet-damp-dry lab types, lab/office configurations, advanced infrastructure systems, shared workspaces, and reduced capital and operating costs. The content of this conference has major planning implications for your research facilities and lab space renovations, upgrades, and expansions.

This meeting is your opportunity to forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and planning experts, and to benchmark your research facilities and plans against what these leaders are doing to respond to the new laboratory workplace realities:

  • Traditionally independent research programs and space are converging
  • Assigned space is decreasing; new space types are emerging
  • There is a major move to increase space utilization for labs and support space
  • Legacy space allocation metrics are being revised or discarded
  • Priorities have shifted toward shared research resources 
  • Lab renovations are on the rise to increase utilization, collaboration, and recruitment
  • New research workspace standards are changing designs for flexibility and adaptability 
  • Bench space is decreasing and allocation standards are changing
  • Repurposing non-science space for research is on the rise 
  • Lab automation is creating a demand for new types of workspace outside the lab
  • cGMP labs, robotics research, and computational space is in demand
  • 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  • Many research facility portfolios are underperforming – wrong type/outdated/underutilized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 10th:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research Labs and MEP Systems

PLUS! Tour these outstanding new research facilities:
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute (hard hat tour)

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.