Research Facilities 2022

May 5-6, 2022
Austin, TX

Attend this conference to learn the new designs, metrics, and planning models for labs, offices, and support facilities for high-tech laboratory and research work environments.

Now is the time to update and benchmark your plans! The content of this conference will have major planning implications for your research workspace and space management strategy.

At this conference, you'll forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and leading lab planning experts, and get the details on the new lab, space, and infrastructure support systems that address these new research workplace realities:

  • New post-COVID research workplace plans and benchmarks are emerging
  • Flexibility planning and design for changing research programs is a top priority
  • Lab and support space planning standards are being revised 
  • Space utilization and new research workspace models are top drivers of capital projects 
  • New office plans for research staff and alternative workplace options are gaining traction
  • Underutilized, non-science space is being converted to research space
  • Construction costs are increasing
  • Research spaces for robotics, infectious disease, battery tech, renewable energy, and computational sciences are in high demand
  • A move towards building and campus electrification is underway
  • The sharing of research resources is a major planning priority
  • Hybrid workplace models are now being applied to the research environment
  • Traditionally independent research programs are converging and moving to shared-resource models
  • Less research space is being uniquely assigned, and new space types are emerging
  • Socialization within (and between) research groups is now a critical planning factor for researcher engagement
  • New research workspace standards and designs are delivering greater flexibility and adaptability
  • Allocation standards for bench space are being upended
  • Shared equipment cores are reducing cost, improving collaboration, and raising space utilization

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on May 4th:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research Labs and MEP Systems 

PLUS! Tour these outstanding local research buildings: 
The Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) at University of Texas, Austin
Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (EEB) at University of Texas at Austin

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. 

View safety protocols while at the conference and FAQs


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?
Conference registration is open to those employed at research based organizations and their capital project teams including project managers, lab planners, architects, engineers, construction managers, facility managers, capital planners, space managers, and research program directors who have responsibility for planning, design, construction, and operation of labs and research facilities. Conference registration is limited for those not employed at research organizations.