Space Use

  • The "New Rutgers": A Troika of Facilities, Finance, and Research

    12-16-2015

    In the largest higher education restructuring in the nation’s history, the facilities group at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elevated to a leadership role, taking its place alongside the offices of finance and research as part of an administrative troika whose heads now report

  • A Process to Reclaim and Reallocate Underutilized, Underperforming Research Space

    12-9-2015

    Faced with aging buildings, decreased national funding, no buildable space on the urban campus, plus new research grants that required additional lab and bench space, and a medical school reorganization to consolidate eight basic science departments to four while adding two department chairs and

  • Distinguishing Features of High-Performing Shared Core Labs

    12-2-2015

    Today’s high-performance laboratories can be categorized into three different “platforms,” or core facilities, each with a unique set of metrics and key features that set them apart in terms of productivity, ability to support emerging programs, and economy of operation (both capital and energy).

  • Benchmarks and Metrics for Five Basic STEM Lab Types

    11-11-2015

    The renewed emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education has forced colleges and universities to develop more project-based learning spaces, but critical details need to be addressed in order to maximize the success of the five basic lab types found in great STEM facili

  • Building Internal Consensus for Shared Core Research Facilities

    11-4-2015

    The Shared Resource Center, which will provide new lab space for four existing core facilities at the H.

  • Defining the New Lab of the Future

    10-14-2015

    The phrase “lab of the future” typically refers to a flexible, open floorplan designed to promote collaboration and cross-pollination between researchers. But these buzzwords have been used for decades, with open labs dating back to the mid-’60s and flexible casework to the mid-’80s.

  • Increased Daylight and Modular, Open Space Improve Outlook and Productivity

    9-23-2015

    Diverse projects in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland demonstrate that integrating flexible infrastructure, collaborative work styles, daylight, and sustainability all contribute to a “health-positive” scientific research environment, a concept derived from neurological and behavioral research i

  • Renovation/Utilization Strategies for Program Growth and Productive Collaboration

    9-2-2015

    A new master space plan for the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences leverages program adjacencies and shared infrastructure to improve collaborative interdisciplinary research while maximizing space use.

  • Generic, Flexible Lab Design Can Waste Money and Time

    8-26-2015

    Paying a premium for the flexibility to remain truly generic can be both expensive and counterproductive to lab design goals, say the designers of the Wisconsin Institutes of Medical Research (WIMR) multi-phase project at the University of Wisconsin (UW).

  • Unlocking Existing Data to Improve Space Utilization

    7-15-2015

    To address space utilization and efficiency, especially in a research environment, the best way to make a case for change is with solid data that makes a compelling link to mission effectiveness, but institutions warehouse vast amounts of data that are often left untapped, says Donn Williams, dir