Operational strategies in support of space efficiency: Merck case study

Ellen Sisle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal & Global Dir, Science & Research

Steve Tushup
Executive Director, Discovery Operations
Merck Research Laboratories

The recently opened Merck Discovery Science Center in San Francisco leverages new operational strategies to support more efficient use of real estate and a reduction in space assignments for support functions. Session leaders examine solutions beyond flexible, open labs to include mixing science groups in labs, shared core facilities, optimized equipment models, just-in-time delivery, centralized distribution systems, and software solutions for operational streamlining. They illustrate the space saving impacts and design features supporting the requisite operational shift, compare metrics with a similar program but older design Merck facility, and address planning assumptions versus real life -- what is and isn't working as predicted.

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