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This is Tradeline's 43rd conference on laboratory design and research facility planning, capital project management, and facility operations.

This conference will focus on the new designs, metrics, and planning models for labs, offices, and support facilities for high-technology laboratory and research work environments.


  1. New strategies to improve utilization of existing spaces
  2. New research workplace plans, metrics, and benchmarks
  3. New flexibility, modularity, and adaptability strategies and features
  4. Space plans for the new research environment
  5. New metrics for scientific work environments: offices, bench, cores, support space 
  6. New metrics for space allocation, utilization, productivity, occupancy cost
  7. Renovation, repurposing, and captial project solutions and costs
  8. New space plans for cross-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and computational professionals
  9. Strategic planning for research facilities

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the elements below, or your own creative new concepts, to address the objectives above:

  • Space management and allocation policies for higher utilization
  • New space plans, metrics, and layouts for labs, offices, cores, and support space
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and scalability for new research programs and priorities
  • Adaptive reuse strategies
  • Workplace strategies for modern scientific work environments
  • Impacts of AI and automation on lab space and use
  • Construction costs and budgets
  • Decision-making on renovation, repurposing, or building new
  • High-demand research space: robotics, computational, infectious disease, batteries, renewable energy
  • New standards for “wet” bench space: smaller modules, shared benches
  • Shifts in lab to office space ratios
  • Less permanently assigned space and flexible assignment of resources
  • Collaborative space: what qualifies as collaborative space, what is working, and what is not
  • Cloud labs for remote access, and more efficient workflows
  • Planning for increased computational space: plans, metrics, and location
  • Centralized lab facilities for reduced cost and maximum space utilization
  • Multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary research plans
  • Research facility portfolio upgrades for wrong type, outdated, and/or underutilized space
  • Reining in underperforming space, upgrading, and assigning it to productive programs
  • Increased demand for support space: type, adjacencies, and quantity
  • Lab equipment and furniture systems that provide modularity
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Automated lab monitoring and control systems
  • Building performance criteria
  • New, more cost efficient MEP systems
  • Lab casework/furniture systems
  • Modular and prefabricated design and construction solutions
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Terms of Participation

If you are from an owner/end-user's organization and your application for a 25-minute general-session report is accepted, your registration fees are complimentary and travel reimbursement may be available. General-session reports are limited to owner/end-user representatives (maximum two speakers).

Terms of Participation

If you are from an A/E/C, Consultant, Vendor, or Service Provider:

  • The speaking application process is competitive. Tradeline selects the topics that best meet the audience priorities.
  • If your application is selected there will be a sponsorship fee to secure the speaking spot: 
    ​$7,600 if Tradeline selects the topic to be presented twice (once on each day of the conference)
    $5,900 if selected for a one-time presentation
    (Breakout sessions are presented concurrently, so presenting twice allows participants two opportunities to attend, typically leading to a larger total audience.)
  • In addition you will need to register each speaker at the discounted rate of $2,100 per speaker (minimum one speaker and maximum four speakers).
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