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Research Facilities 2024

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

New intiatives include maximizing space utilization, increasing flexibility, implementing new research work environments and shared space models, advancing collaboration and productivity, getting more capacity and higher occupancy density, providing more space for specialized equipment, achieving lab decarbonization and energy reduction goals, and meeting increasingly complex infrastructure requirements.

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on April 7th:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research Labs and MEP Systems 

PLUS! Tour this outstanding new building:
Boston University, Center for Computing & Data Sciences

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
  • Computational groups and spaces are permeating almost all research programs
  • Highly adaptable workspaces are improving researcher productivity
  • Lab energy reduction and lab decarbonization are major priorities
  • Laboratory and facility electrification initiatives are accelerating
  • AI and automation are shifting lab space planning and use
  • Research workplace metrics have changed: space allocations, productivity, utilization, costs
  • Flexibility planning and design for changing research programs is a top priority
  • Miniaturization: Smaller instruments and higher sensitivity equipment are changing lab space demands
  • Construction costs are increasing
  • Research programs are moving to shared-resource models
  • Cloud labs are gaining momentum for remote access and more efficient workflows
  • Hybrid workplace models are now being applied to the research environment
  • New office plans for research staff and alternative workplace options are gaining traction
  • More research capacity, improved 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
  • New HVAC systems and controls for reduced cost, sustainability, and ease of maintenance are priorities
  • 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

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. 

More details will be available shortly.

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.