Strategic Facility and Space Planning for Science and Research - Overview

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Strategic facility and space planning is now recognized as the key and necessary front-end component for long-term science and research portfolio success. 

Strategic planning produces the right long-term decisions, more program per capital dollar, streamlined processes, efficient use of resources, and ongoing program success for science and research.

Attend this conference to learn how new strategic facility and space plans for science and research are successfully being developed and implemented to address these top strategic planning issues: 

  • Institutional mission alignment – What are the master planning strategies and cooperative planning approaches that align strategic science and research facilities plans with overall strategic institutional mission and objectives?
  • Metrics, data, and analytical methods – What data, data collection methods, metrics, analytical processes, and tools are being used in planning the future of science and research programs and supporting facilities?
  • Scientific work environments – What will be the physical profile of the collaborative, interdisciplinary, research core-focused scientific workplace of the future, and what facility elements will be needed to support interaction, connectivity, mobility, and workforce performance?
  • Space and infrastructure – How are future space and infrastructure needs of science and research buildings being determined – for new and emerging disciplines and research programs, and future occupants and scientific equipment?
  • Facility and portfolio assessment – What tools, models, and methods are being used to assess the functionality of current science and research facility assets (and potential opportunities to repurpose non-science space) and inform decisions on capital renewal projects, renovations, expansions, and maintenance?
  • Facility asset decision-making – What processes and criteria are being used for decision-making on build, buy, expand, lease, recapitalize, and/or the divestiture of science and research facility assets to lower the financial and obsolescence risks of research facility ownership?
  • Energy – How are technical and financial decisions being applied in science facilities planning and management for off-grid energy production, net-zero energy projects, energy-saving building technologies, and low carbon footprint initiatives?
  • Sustainability – How are the new goals and achievement levels for sustainability being advanced economically and communicated effectively in strategic facilities planning for science and research?
  • New capital project and facility management processes – Which processes are proving to be highly effective in reducing costs and risks associated with construction, renovations, and operations, and increasing facility quality and operational reliability?

PLUS! Tour the 30-acre urban medical and bioscience Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), an outstanding example of strategic facility and space planning.

PLUS! Update your skills and knowledge (and that of your team) to perform at a higher level with this pre-conference course:
The Fundamentals of Strategic Facilities Planning for Science and Research 


If you would like to participate as a speaker, exhibitor, or sponsor, or would like updates as they become available please email or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.


Who should attend?

This annual conference is open to all involved in the facility plan-build-operate-maintain lifecycle for science and research facilities including: 

  • Strategic planners
  • Capital project planners and managers
  • Planning and resource managers
  • Space planners and analysts
  • Financial managers
  • Deans of science and engineering
  • Directors of research operations
  • Academic and private sector research program planners
  • Real estate portfolio and campus planners
  • Facility operations managers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Construction professionals