Research Facilities 2023

May 4-5, 2023
St. Petersburg, FL

At this conference, you’ll get the details on new space planning, facility design, renovation, and construction initiatives that leading research organizations are putting in place to address their top priorities. These priorities include implementing shared space models, getting more capacity, increasing flexibility, implementing new workspace/office strategies, improving research workflows, expanding equipment needs, improving support space, and enabling complex infrastructure requirements.

Here, you'll forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and leading lab planning experts, and get solutions that address these new research workplace realities:

  • Research workplace models and benchmarks are changing
  • Flexibility planning and design for changing research programs is a top priority
  • Traditionally independent research programs are moving to shared-resource models
  • More research capacity, space utilization, and new research workspace models are top drivers of capital projects 
  • Underutilized, non-science space is increasingly being converted to research space
  • Highly specialized spaces and laboratories are in high demand
  • Hybrid workplace models are now being applied to the research environment
  • New office plans for research staff and alternative workplace options are gaining traction
  • Construction costs are increasing
  • Lab and support space planning standards are being revised
  • A move towards building and campus electrification is underway
  • The sharing of research resources is a major planning priority
  • Less research space is being uniquely assigned
  • 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
  • Shared equipment cores are reducing cost, improving collaboration, and raising space utilization

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on May 3rd:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research Labs and MEP Systems 

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. 

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.