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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  • Research facility portfolio upgrades for wrong type, outdated, and/or underutilized space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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