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Research Facilities 2023

At this conference, you’ll get the details on new facility design, space planning, renovation, and construction initiatives that research organizations have put in place for their new, updated research workplaces.

These intiatives include raising the utilization of existing spaces, implementing new research work environments and shared space models, achieving lab decarbonization and energy reduction goals, getting more capacity and higher occupancy density, increasing flexibility, providing more space for more equipment, improving support space, and meeting increasingly 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:

  • Improving utilization of existing spaces is a top priority for all research organizations
  • Digitization, robotics, and automation are changing conventional research lab plans
  • Very different space plans for the new research work environment are emerging
  • Lab energy reduction and lab decarbonization are major priorities
  • Research workplace metrics have changed: space allocations, productivity, utilization, costs
  • Flexibility planning and design for changing research programs is a top priority
  • Construction costs are increasing
  • The sharing of research resources is a major planning priority
  • Traditionally independent research programs are moving to shared-resource models
  • A move towards lab and building electrification is underway
  • More research capacity, improved space utilization, and new research workspace models are top drivers of capital projects 
  • Miniaturization: Smaller instruments and higher sensitivity equipment are changing lab space demands
  • Underutilized, non-science space is increasingly being converted to research space
  • Highly specialized spaces and laboratories are in high demand
  • New HVAC systems and controls for reduced cost, sustainability, and ease of maintenance are priorities
  • Hybrid workplace models are now being applied to the research environment
  • New office plans for research staff and alternative workplace options are gaining traction
  • Lab support space planning standards are being revised
  • Socialization within (and between) research groups is a critical planning factor for researcher engagement
  • 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. Product vendors must be sponsors or exhibitors to attend.