Space Use

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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