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Plenary Sessions

Regeneron’s “people collider” model: Rationales for open labs/workstations, research cluster stacking, flexibility

A whole-campus, $1.8B R&D expansion/transformation of Regeneron’s Tarrytown site reflects the latest thinking on research and development facility organization and programming to accelerate discovery and production. Ben Suzuki examines rationales for the research cluster stacking and “people collider” model Regeneron has adopted, and the mix of core facilities, open labs and workstations, and heads-down spaces included in the plan. He details research/office modularity and flexibility strategies, the selective use of robotics, and a hybrid kit of parts approach to fixed/flexible infrastructure, all designed to carry discovery programs far into the future.

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Monday, April 8 8:40AM - 9:05AM
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Emory HSRB II case study: Decisions on discovery model, core facilities, open dry/wet labs and workspace

Here you’ll see how Emory University’s new Health Sciences Research Building II is advancing collaboration and the translational research mission for over 1,000 researchers in pediatrics, biomedical engineering, oncology, cardiovascular medicine, vaccines, radiology, and brain health. Melissa Thackery profiles the research workplace concepts and space allocations employed to foster interaction among experimentalists and computationalists. She sets out programming decisions for open labs and work areas with soft barriers to facilitate rapid discovery, and an innovation zone with accelerator space for startups and entrepreneurial research.

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Monday, April 8 9:05AM - 9:30AM
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MIT Lincoln Laboratory modernization plan for advanced technology research and prototyping

Two replacement buildings are just the start to keep Lincoln Laboratory at the forefront of electronics research and advanced prototyping, addressing the most critical needs for facility modernization, and enabling next-gen technological innovations. Kriss Pettersen and Christine Carlino set out key findings from a facility/program gap analysis that started the campus modernization plan, and the outcomes of decisions on consolidated engineering spaces, clean rooms, and high-bay prototyping spaces for everything from semiconductors and microsystem to large program integration. They preview longer-term modernization plans anticipating over 2 million square feet of new space over the next 30 years.

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Monday, April 8 9:55AM - 10:20AM
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Bristol Myers Squibb’s path forward for research facility strategy and performance

Bristol Myers Squibb's research facility strategy has evolved to leverage the advantages of both leased and owned facilities while maintaining consistency in research endeavors, and here you’ll see how each model is contributing to adaptability and agility in the face of evolving industry dynamics. Paul Palmieri and Fred Mason relate their experience developing and implementing new decision-making criteria, facility investment priorities, and space use models. They deliver lessons learned from driving research facility portfolio performance, and creating an environment conducive to innovation, efficiency, and sustained success in the pharmaceutical landscape.

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Monday, April 8 10:25AM - 10:50AM
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CU Boulder’s research facility infrastructure needs analysis, strategy, and action plans

A big push to enhance research infrastructure is part of the University of Colorado Boulder's new campus master plan, including the development of state-of-the-art research buildings strategically designed to foster innovation, collaboration, and interdisciplinary science across academic disciplines. Wayne Northcutt sets out the results of CU’s program/infrastructure gap analysis, the new strategic priorities for impactful research infrastructure investment, and how those will be addressed through laboratory expansion and modernization, advanced equipment, and flexible workspaces to support the university's leading-edge research endeavors. He illustrates the influence of sustainability commitments and resiliency goals on what’s being built.

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Monday, April 8 3:45PM - 4:10PM
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New research building reflects the progression of space optimization at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The latest facility to expand Nationwide Children’s Hospital research capabilities represents the evolution of the research workplace with a synergistic neighborhood layout, individual and shared resources, and a highly productive space utilization and assignment model. Lena Lynch and Kevin Noble examine lab/office/shared-space metrics for the 290,000-SF Research Building 4, and key decisions made to support hybrid work, attract and retain talent, ensure future research program flexibility through modularity and furniture, and answer increasing demand for dry lab space. They identify lessons learned and next steps, including best-value renovation and reorganization strategies for older labs and core facilities.

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Monday, April 8 4:15PM - 4:45PM
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National Research Council of Canada’s new approach for scientific facility investment and research workplace renewal

To renew research workplace inventories, address gaps in research facility investment, and maximize the impact of funding, the National Research Council of Canada conducted an extensive Scientific Facility review and adopted new criteria and management structures for analyzing project proposals, as well as manage project execution. Alexander Nitsche identifies key lessons learned from the NRC’s last research facility investment push, the challenges encountered, and initial results. He illustrates the early impacts stemming from development of the Office of Facilities Renewal Management, and the research facility and program targets that projects will need to meet to be funded going forward.

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Tuesday, April 9th 9:15AM - 9:40AM
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Innovative laboratory designs and a new research workplace: OSU’s new Pelotonia Research Center

The Ohio State University’s recently-opened Pelotonia Research Center melds innovation with state-of-the-art infrastructure for the next generation of groundbreaking research. Courtney Mankowski examines the distinguishing features of the building, including the latest iterations of advanced laboratory designs and a workplace that fosters collaboration and the fluidity of ideas among top-tier scientists. She outlines plans for leveraging the facility for public/private research initiatives, highlights future-proofing investments in facility adaptability and leading-edge equipment, and provides benchmarks for shared labs, support space, and office standards.

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Tuesday, April 9th 9:45AM - 10:10AM
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Town Hall Knowledge Roundup

This end-of-day session is where key ideas, new developments, and findings that have been revealed over the course of the entire two-day conference (including sessions you may have missed) get clarified, expanded upon, and affirmed or debated. This is also the opportunity to get answers from industry leaders and the entire audience to specific questions on key and challenging issues.  

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Tuesday, April 9th 2:55PM - 3:40PM
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Concurrent Forum Sessions

(Pre-selection is not required.)
Equipment-driven biomedical research facilities: Technology selection, building readiness, implementation

Research facility design and programming is increasingly driven by state-of-the-art technology platforms, both as catalysts for science breakthroughs and as collaboration enablers. This case study of Emory University’s new Health Sciences Research Building II takes a deep dive into the integration and distribution of core technologies in the building which include Integrated Cell Imaging, Functional Genomics, Mass Spectrometry, Computational tools, and 3D cell printing. Session leaders chart the processes of equipment assessment and selection, vendor evaluation and procurement, installation and facility readiness, and the infrastructure planning implications including power, ventilation, and space allocation. They highlight key lessons learned for successful project outcomes.

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Monday, April 8 11:10AM - 12:05PM
Tuesday, April 9th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Case Study: Strategies and solutions for integrating advanced labs in constrained, non-research environments

In this session, Valerie DeLoach and Ken Sumner provide a detailed case study of the Cedars-Sinai research portfolio expansion highlighting advanced lab planning strategies that leverage Building Information Modeling (BIM), virtual reality, and integrated design and construction for highly complex infrastructure. They offer solutions to the myriad challenges including addition of a cGMP facility, and a flexible and adaptable laboratory platform allowing for expansion and contraction within lab modules over time. They illustrate innovative planning and design solutions that address existing conditions in tenant fit-outs and maintain a cohesive identity across the multiple lab facilities.

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Monday, April 8 11:10AM - 12:05PM
Tuesday, April 9th 1:45PM - 2:40PM
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High-performance and high-productivity research buildings: Catalyzing discovery and sustainability at UMass

Opening in 2024, a new state-of-the-art biomedical research building at UMass Chan Medical School will support the research and development of therapeutics for some of the world's most challenging diseases in a high-performance, aggressively sustainable environment. Session leaders illustrate strategic programming and innovative designs that strengthen collaboration and synergies across disciplines and meet ambitious net-zero energy ready and LEED Gold Certification commitments. They detail the use of high-performance systems including a double-skin façade and geothermal heat pumps that target Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 130 kBtu/sf/year to become one of the most energy efficient labs in greater Boston.

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Monday, April 8 11:10AM - 12:05PM
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Construction cost forecast and timing decisions for research capital projects

What should owners budget for cost escalation in the current economy? What are effective ways to procure projects in the current market? Mounting pressure on construction costs will impact all research projects on the drawing boards and in the pipeline. Attend this session to see new pathways to better pricing and more accurate budget figures. The Vermeulens tag-team delivers construction cost forecasts based on economic conditions, commodity prices, and cost data as the pandemic-induced recession comes to an end. They profile what organizations are doing to develop bid and procurement strategies that strategically minimize exposure to construction escalation.

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Monday, April 8 1:10PM - 2:05PM
Tuesday, April 9th 1:45PM - 2:40PM
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The next generation of sustainable, low carbon laboratories: What you need to know

Institutions are looking closely at laboratory facilities and infrastructure as candidates for carbon reduction through operational changes, alterations, and integrative design to comply with increasingly stringent local building requirements. Session leaders examine how recent projects are experimenting with new designs uncommon to labs to address this challenge, including heat pumps, electrification, cross-laminated timber, new casework options, and more. Using case studies, they reveal a carbon reduction framework for future lab design that points to a trend toward low carbon laboratories. They identify carbon-oriented alternatives for building construction, including structure, envelope, interior finishes, and MEP. 

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Monday, April 8 1:10PM - 2:05PM
Tuesday, April 9th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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Storytelling in research spaces: Designs and tools to engage stakeholders and showcase stories of success

Institutional and corporate leadership are taking a long hard look at what your research is achieving. Who knows and understands the research and its accomplishments? How does the staff and building occupant experience factor into the bigger picture of funding and effective research? And how are you effectively telling the story of the work you're producing? John Roberson guides the group through a step-by-step plan of how to tell your brand's research story in a way that moves your audiences and persuades them to action. He demonstrates how leveraging these narratives will enhance brand identity and recognition. 

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Monday, April 8 1:10PM - 2:05PM
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Considerations for REAL future-ready lab designs…Finally!

For decades there has been discussion about “future ready” lab designs, but not much has  changed – until NOW. In this session Ellen Sisle and Tejoon Jung detail transformational progressions that affect lab planning, including automation and robotics that challenge conventional space metrics, enhanced IT and data collection requirements, new technologies, incorporation of advanced manufacturing, hybrid work patterns, and new approaches to project delivery and construction. They examine in what ways these drivers are altering laboratory planning and design processes, and the resulting outcomes in building efficiencies, flexibility, modularity, and productivity. 

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Monday, April 8 2:20PM - 3:15PM
Tuesday, April 9th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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Science typology traits and how they improve lab planning decisions

The rate of scientific innovation and change is increasing, and research facility planners are being challenged to make complex decisions about long-term facility viability. In this session, Shawn Maley and George Rieke unpack the differences between scientific disciplines and explore how these distinctions influence the spatial and environmental requirements of labs.  They identify how these factors can improve the traditional lab planning focus on flexibility, adaptability, and shared resources. They detail how these spatial and environmental requirements affect planning processes, and identify the impacts on the long-term viability of lab spaces. They call upon case studies of recently completed laboratory projects and provide lessons learned. 

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Monday, April 8 2:20PM - 3:15PM
Tuesday, April 9th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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Case study: Converting non-science spaces into (electrified!) cutting-edge research environments

Adaptive reuse may be your best expansion option considering the space and budget constraints most research organizations are facing, but converting non-science space into research environment has its challenges. Session leaders demonstrate how a 1920's industrial building was successfully converted into a cutting-edge research and clinical center for the Icahn School of Medicine. They detail strategies for overcoming existing conditions, building electrification, insertion of MEP infrastructure, and managing giant floorplates in order to accommodate changes in biomedical research programs over time. They detail the resulting design solutions that accommodate 243 scientists in cancer research, neurology, genomics, stem cell research, CRISPR, and proteomics.  

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Monday, April 8 2:20PM - 3:15PM
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Planning translational research buildings and space: Three case studies

The evolution of research models from single science disciplines to multidisciplinary and finally to transdisciplinary approaches has significantly transformed the landscape of scientific inquiry, and organizations worldwide have been developing bespoke collaborative research models to fulfill their unique missions. In this session, Deepa Balgi and Jeff Puleo take a deep dive into three case studies that highlight how different designs support translational research with an eye towards collaboration, community, connectivity, and research productivity. They compare and contrast goals vs. outcomes for each model, and detail lessons learned. 

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Tuesday, April 9th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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Processes to achieve net-zero energy and carbon in high-intensity lab environments

Achieving net zero energy and carbon in extreme laboratory environments, and the strategies to guide the process, are a challenge for all research facility stakeholders. Session leaders call upon multiple case studies of intense laboratory environments including dry rooms, engineering testing, BSL3, and chemistry labs to demonstrate a process of evaluation, options analysis, and cost analysis for a path toward net zero energy and carbon. They reveal new tools that provide the data and guidance to meet the laboratory requirements, energy efficiencies, and design objectives. They identify the latest technologies in mechanical systems and the contribution they make in achieving energy goals. 

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Tuesday, April 9th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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The research facility chassis: Infrastructure for emerging programs and typologies

An evolution is underway for the infrastructure and systems on which flexible and adaptable labs are built, and here you’ll see what distinguishes the new “universal chassis” from solutions of the past. Session leaders illustrate the kind of demands that next-gen research programs are placing on building systems, including highly-customized spaces, flexibility for future unknown programs, and operating cost pressure. They profile a “sweet spot” combination of infrastructure and system investments that will support emerging research programs well into the future, the up-front and lifecycle cost tradeoffs, funding strategies, and what it takes to keep the “universal chassis” concept as a priority throughout a project.

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Tuesday, April 9th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Balancing Act: What does “all-electric” mean for your research buildings and programs?

How can institutions electrify their buildings to achieve their decarbonization goals, even in challenging climates? Session leaders present an array of solutions that align climate, loads, science programs, and operations to deliver all-electric buildings. They illustrate the optimal sizing of equipment and infrastructure for both mechanical and electrical systems, distill what commercial developers of labs and research buildings have learned, and chart the effects on operational carbon, embodied carbon, space planning, cost, and resiliency. They identify key questions to ask, and when, in the pursuit of all-electric and zero carbon goals.

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Tuesday, April 9th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Planning for AI & robotic systems in advanced research environments

AI and robotics are growing in prominence inside of research facilities, and new design solutions are required to optimize both the technology capabilities and the human experience. Tzveta Panayotova examines AI, automation, and robotics systems in the lab environment, and the novel facility features, space characteristics, and infrastructure required to operate practically, efficiently, and sustainably. She illustrates the advantages of an integrated human+technology co-flourishing ecosystem in the race to discovery, for outreach, and engagement.

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Tuesday, April 9th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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