Space Use

  • Designing Facilities for Long-Term Adaptability


    Change is inevitable over the life of a research facility, but modular design and careful attention to utilities—for both adaptability and flexibility—can minimize disruptions and future-proof infrastructure. Enrollment growth at major research institutions is outpacing available space to support the research activities. In addition, programs and buildings are now more technically complex than those built decades ago, with unique requirements, such as animal facilities, cage-washing capability, greenhouse space, and open laboratories. “We are not designing every single space, every single outlet, for a single investigator,” says Timothy Reynolds, a principal with TreanorHL Science & Technology. “We are designing it for investigators that are going to be here 25 years from now. We don’t want to go down the road to find that the facilities that we design today, that are still in operation in 50 years, can’t be modified.” These principles are even more important now, given the challenges university faculty members, staff, and students face in the current pandemic. The use of modular planning, moveable furniture systems and laboratory casework, and flexible infrastructure can allow for the rapid changes called for today. A space in one of TreanorHL’s recent facilities, for example, has been converted to a sterile compounding lab to produce a solution for COVID-19 testing.

  • Arc Skoru Launches Re-Entry Platform for Building Reoccupancy During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic


    Arc Skoru has launched the Arc Re-Entry platform to support the safe reoccupancy of buildings during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Providing facilities owners and managers with a set of tools for data acquisition and analysis, Arc Re-Entry can be used to:

  • LEO A DALY Releases Report on Reoccupancy Strategies for Academic Campuses


    LEO A DALY published a white paper in June of 2020 detailing strategies for academic campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Purdue University Announces Strategic Plan for Fall Reopening


    Purdue University released the "Protect Purdue" strategic reopening plan in June of 2020.

  • JLLTrinity College Innovation Center


    Trinity College’s new Innovation Center, located on the third floor of One Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford, Conn., across from the school’s Liberal Arts Action Lab, is home to the academic/corporate partnership with InfoSys, a Digital Health CT accelerator, and new innovation and entrepreneurship programs for students. The open, flexible floor plan of the Common Area, which is open to all members of the Trinity community, gives occupants the freedom to reconfigure the space however they’d like. Other spaces include technology-enabled team huddle areas; an interactive work café with a variety of seating options, digital display, and writeable surfaces; enclosed meeting spaces; and small design studios.

  • Research Labs Begin Phased Reopening


    While many campuses remain closed to undergraduate students, at least through the summer, researchers are beginning a phased return to their labs, with new safety protocols that include face masks and social distancing; guidelines for space usage and maintenance; and staggered work schedules. Institutions are requiring that researchers continue to do as much work as possible remotely, including writing, analyzing data and conferring with colleagues. In order for research to fully resume, however, faculty need access to their labs, but they first must be trained in the new protocols and agree to adhere to them; failure to do so will results in the loss of lab access.

  • International WELL Building Institute Launches Health-Safety Rating for All Building Types


    The International WELL Building Institute launched the WELL Health-Safety Rating for all building and facility types in June of 2020.

  • Remote Workforce Strategies Enhance Call Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center


    Implementation of a remote workforce and a restructuring of their onsite physical space have helped to improve employee retention rates while also increasing overall productivity and quality at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tenn. Calls from patients looking to schedule appointments are initially answered by one of the 260 phone agents who comprise the Patient Access Services department. Answering more than 10,000 calls on average every day and handling a total of 4.2 million inbound and outbound calls annually, these phone agents have a fast-paced, demanding position that experiences approximately 25 percent turnover each year. This turnover rate is low compared to the 32 percent national average for call centers, says Elizabeth Nix, director of service quality and development for the department.

  • Intertek's Protek Program Offers Facility Reopening Solutions


    Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is enabling companies to re-open for business with the highest health and safety standards in place through its innovative Protek program. Protek harnesses science-based processes and protocols to mitig

  • Texas A&M University System Plans Fall Reopening


    The Texas A&M University System is planning to reopen its 11 campuses in fall of 2020 for in-person instruction and residence.